USC Trojans: Recruiting

Will USC-UCLA affect local recruiting?

November, 15, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- USC and UCLA battle for recruits every year, and there are always a ton of top prospects at every game between the two schools.

Fittingly, dozens of 2013, 2014 and 2015 talents are expected to be at the Rose Bowl for Saturday's 12 p.m. PT game, including four-star safeties Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza).

Yet, according to Trojans coach Lane Kiffin, the USC-UCLA winner won't gain any tangible advantage on securing the commitments of the players in attendance.

"I don't think it has a major impact," Kiffin said Thursday, while also acknowledging that the question comes up every year. "It just goes into whatever that formula is of the kid making a decision.

"It's just a small thing in there, and there's so many other things that one game doesn't matter."

Kiffin compared it to the commonly-cited theory that a winning season will get a team a bunch of top recruits that same year. That's not true either, he said.

"Just like when teams are having a great season or a rough season, they don't all of the sudden sign all the players because you're winning all the games, or the other way around," Kiffin said. "You assume that kids go to the teams at the top, but it doesn't always happen like that."

Kiffin added that high-schoolers often see teams having more of a need for them when they're losing some games.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN 150 defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Home Mills, N.C./South View) took an official visit to Florida this past weekend. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound four-star tackle said he enjoyed his trip to Gainesville.

"It was great man," Gilmore said. "I had a great time. It was a good game. The defensive front played well and that's really what I'm looking for is the defensive front. The whole defense, the whole offense, everybody played well.

"I talked to the coaches all the time I was there pretty much. They told me I would be a key essential to putting their defense together. They were saying they need more guys -- more guys that are good coming out of high school and more guys that need less development. I mean everyone needs development, but they are looking for guys that can play early."

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Derek Tyson/ESPN.comFive-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil now has a top three of Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Five-star offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) visited Alabama, Georgia and Florida over the last week. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle named a top three after his visit to Florida on Sunday.

"I would say they are my top three," Tunsil said of the three schools he visited. "It's a tie right now with all of them."

Tunsil, who camped at Alabama last weekend, visited Georgia on Friday and Saturday before heading to Gainesville on Sunday. The No. 3-ranked player in the country said he was impressed by what Georgia had to offer.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Five-star wide receiver prospect Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) will be one of the most highly recruited prospects in the state of Florida for the 2013 class, but he is likely headed out of state to play college football.

Fulwood lists Clemson, Alabama, USC, Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame as schools that he is most interested. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver said that out of those schools, he likely will visit Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State and possibly USC this spring.

Noticeably missing are in-state schools Florida, Florida State and Miami. Fulwood said he is likely to leave the state to attend college. Fulwood, who is from New Jersey, said there is no particular reason he wants to leave the state.

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2012 OL enjoys visit to Ann Arbor 

November, 29, 2011
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The Michigan coaches have already secured five offensive line commitments for the 2012 class but are still looking to add one more elite lineman. They have already built an outstanding class that includes four-stars Kyle Kalis (Cleveland/St. Edward) and Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon).

With a limited number of prospects still on the board it is imperative for Michigan to put its best foot forward with every opportunity.

This past weekend the Wolverines had the chance to host Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup), the eighth-ranked offensive tackle in the country.

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USC offers 2013 ATH Su'a Cravens 

October, 12, 2011
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Linebacker Su'a Cravens (Vista Murrieta) added to his standing as the most offered recruit in California's 2013 class on Wednesday night, picking up an offer from the USC Trojans. Although, after more than a dozen offers as either a linebacker or safety, the Trojans' offer was a bit of a curveball.

"USC offered me as a running back," said Cravens, who is Vista Murrieta's second-leading rusher after quarterback Nicholas Stevens. "They want me to play that Stanley Havili role."

Havili starred as a fullback for the Trojans. Cravens' athleticism would suit him well at the position, enabling him to work even more as a rushing and receiving threat out of the backfield.

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RB/LB Ryan McDaniel (Torrance, Calif./North) will be forced to miss the remainder of the season after tearing his MCL in a Sept. 9 game against Peninsula. It's a huge blow to North High, as McDaniel was the team's leader on both sides of the ball. Obviously, it will also be tough on McDaniel, who will have surgery and then face a long rehab process.

"It's been rough on him, but he's going to work hard on getting healthy again," North head coach Todd Croce said.

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1. LB Su’a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta) -- Arguably the top prospect in California for the class of 2013, Cravens is intriguing, as he could develop into either an outside linebacker or safety at the next level. He has already received 16 scholarship offers -- from the likes of Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Stanford, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Boise State and others -- and it wouldn’t be surprising to see USC step forward with yet another.

2. S Tyler Foreman (Encino, Calif./Crespi) -- Attention has been focused on Crespi offensive lineman Jordan Simmons and wide receiver Chris Harper this season, but college coaches will undoubtedly be impressed by Foreman, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 200 pounds. He has the ability to play anywhere in the Pac-12 and is receiving early interest from Oregon. Foreman grew up a USC fan and an offer from the Trojans would go a long way toward establishing them as his top school.

3. OL John Lopez (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) -- The 2012 class was the gold standard for offensive line talent on the West Coast, but Lopez would have fit in nicely with the latest crop of seniors. As a junior, he’ll likely headline the big-man class next season and already has picked up an offer from UCLA.

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