USC Trojans: Vernon Hargreaves III

Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

January, 3, 2013

Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

USC high school all-star game guide 

December, 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- With all 16 verbal commitments selected to compete in the upcoming all-star games, the USC Trojans will have great representation under the national spotlight. There will also be particular interest in a handful of in-game announcements, namely that of recent official visitor Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), a top safety target who intends to enroll early. Here’s a guide to all USC recruits in next week’s All-American games:

Under Armour All-American Game

When: Jan. 4, 2 p.m. PT

Rapid Reaction: Hatcher to USC 

July, 27, 2012
And then, there was one.

Four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity committed to USC on Friday afternoon, becoming the 17th pledge for the 2013 recruiting class and leaving only one remaining spot. Some thoughts on what his commitment means:

The fourth piece: Counting Hatcher, USC reeled in four defensive linemen in the class -- two ends and two tackles -- to create a front that, on paper, looks like a nightmare in the making for future Pac-12 offenses. Hatcher joins fellow defensive end commit Kylie Fitts from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley, as well as tackle commits Kenny Bigelow from Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy and Eddie Vanderdoes from Auburn (Calif.) Placer.

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WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag 

July, 27, 2012
Ty IsaacTom Hauck/ESPNHSEven if Silas Redd was to transfer to USC from Penn State, it's highly doubtful the commitments of running backs Ty Isaac (pictured) or Justin Davis would be affected.
WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Sean (Las Vegas, Nev.): If Silas Redd transfers from Penn State to USC, should USC fans be concerned that it might soften the commitments of either [Ty] Isaac or [Justin] Davis?

No. Projected starting tailback Curtis McNeal is a senior, so he won't be around when Isaac or Davis arrive on campus. If Redd, a junior, were to transfer to USC, Isaac and Davis would have to compete against him for only one year. That's really what it narrows down to: Competition.

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Hargreaves III commits to Florida 

July, 26, 2012
Vernon Hargreaves, the nation’s top-ranked cornerback and No. 4 prospect overall, committed to Florida on Thursday, tweeting the news.

The five-star player wrote on his Twitter account: “I can officially say I am committed to THE University of Florida! #GoGators. CHOMP CHOMP!”

Hargreaves (Tampa/Wharton) had offers from across the country but recently had narrowed it to a top five of Florida, Clemson, Miami, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame, in that order.

Hargreaves will play in the 2013 Under Armour All-America game in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is Florida’s 18th commitment and becomes the highest-ranked player in the class.

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WeAreSC Roundtable 

July, 26, 2012
Tahaan GoodmanGarry Paskwietz/WeAreSC.comWith his cousin and high school teammate, Chris Hawkins, already committed to USC, perhaps Tahaan Goodman will be convinced to take the Trojans' last scholarship in the 2013 class.
“If defensive end Jason Hatcher commits to USC tomorrow, the Trojans will only have one scholarship left for the class of 2013. List three players you would consider for that final spot and why.”

Garry Paskwietz

DL Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Taylor): It appears as if LSU is the leading school for Prevot right now but he could get a full court press from the SC coaches to gauge his interest in the Trojans.

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CB Hargreaves trims USC off list 

July, 20, 2012
Top-ranked cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) named a new top five on his Twitter account Friday and, surprisingly, it did not include USC.

Hargreaves had named the Trojans as his leaders after a visit to campus last week, but the pressure generated by USC's dwindling scholarship numbers appeared to have triggered his decision to keep looking.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Hargreaves tweeted: "Top 5 ) 1.Florida 2.Clemson 3.Vanderbilt 4.Miami 5.Notre Dame , USF is not in my top 5 but still considering !"

It's not a catastrophic loss by any means -- the Trojans have cornerback commitments from seventh-ranked Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) and 11th-ranked Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga). And it's still July, so USC could make a run at the five-star corner if anything falls through elsewhere.

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ESPN 150 cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) disclosed his list of top five schools Friday via Twitter.

"Top 5 ) 1.Florida 2.Clemson 3.Vanderbilt 4.Miami 5.Notre Dame , USF is not in my top 5 but still considering !" Hargreaves wrote.

Hargreaves also holds offers from Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and numerous others.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback is the No. 4 player in the nation and No. 1 at his position.

See video of Hargreaves at ESPN RecruitingNation.

WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag 

July, 20, 2012
WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Dan (Santa Clara, Calif.): Only two spots left for the 2013 class. Who do you think takes those last two spots and when? I am hoping for [Jason] Hatcher and [Vernon] Hargreaves. What do you think?

I think you're correct in naming Hatcher and Hargreaves as the top two remaining targets for the current class. Based on necessity alone, Hatcher (defensive lineman) and Hargreaves (cornerback) would be the ideal fits. Hatcher is set to announce his decision next Friday and could very well give the Trojans their 17th commitment.

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Defensive backs remain top priority 

July, 17, 2012
USC has reeled in five verbal commitments in the month of July, filling a third of its current recruiting class in the span of 16 frantic days. The latest came Monday when Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy's Jalen Ramsey, the nation's seventh-ranked cornerback, pledged for the Trojans.

Dwindling scholarship numbers obviously won't allow the Trojans to keep the same torrid pace, and neither will the uncertain status of their top remaining targets. The recruits atop USC's board don't appear to be in any hurry to commit.

With Ramsey, cornerback Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and top-ranked safety Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) on board, the attention turns to adding to an already strong secondary group.

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Ramsey adds to USC gold rush 

July, 16, 2012
The rich got richer Monday, and it seems that only NCAA mandated scholarship limitations will put a cap on USC’s gold rush.

Four-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) became the latest high-profile recruit to commit to the Trojans, joining a stacked class that already includes 11 players ranked in the ESPN 150. Three of the other four verbal commitments are ranked inside the ESPN 300.

Ramsey, the nation’s seventh-ranked corner and 57th-best prospect overall, had recently taken two trips to the USC campus. He shined at the Rising Stars Camp and followed it up with a stellar showing at The Opening, leading to his enormous ascension in the rankings.

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A day to remember 

July, 12, 2012
So, how was your Wednesday?

If you’re a fan of USC recruiting, my guess is it was a pretty good day.

My day started at Cathedral High School to watch a camp that featured USC class of 2015 verbal commit quarterback David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy). It’s always good to get a chance to catch Sills in action whenever he comes to California to judge the progress he is making as a player.

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Florida CB names USC new leader 

July, 12, 2012
A visit to USC by top-ranked cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) on Wednesday may have been overshadowed by the headline-grabbing commitments of Khaliel Rodgers, Nico Falah and Eddie Vanderdoes, but it wasn't overlooked.

The five-star athlete has serious interest in the Trojans and even pegged them as his leaders after his trip to Los Angeles.

"It was great," Hargreaves said. "It wasn't what I expected. I'd never been there before so I didn't know what to expect. I liked everything about it."

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WeAreSC Roundtable 

July, 12, 2012
Jalen RamseyTom Hauck for ESPN.comBrentwood, Tenn., cornerback Jalen Ramsey is set to announce his college choice next Monday and might be the next commitment in USC's recruiting class.
Who will fill the remaining four scholarship spots in USC’s recruiting class?

Erik McKinney

S Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo): Reminds some of Marqise Lee in his athletic ability in several sports and at several positions.

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WeAreSC Roundtable: Opening version 

July, 5, 2012
Nico FalahTom Hauck for ESPN.comAs the top West Coast offensive lineman participating in The Opening, Nico Falah will get a chance to prove if his rise up the recruiting rankings is legitimate.
Which five USC recruits, committed or uncommitted, are you most looking forward to following at The Opening?

Garry Paskwietz
CB Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy): There is a lot of buzz right now about the possibility of Ramsey becoming a Trojan. He made two visits to the USC campus in the last month and also took part in the recent Rising Stars Camp. This event will offer a real opportunity to see how he performs on the same field as some of the top West Coast corners such as Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga).

OL Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco): This is a big step up for Falah, a newcomer to the game who has seen his stock rise this spring to the point where he is competing on this national stage. Look for him to show why he’s the only offensive lineman in the state to have an SC offer.

WR Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite): It’s going to be nice to see all three USC receiver commits in action at the same time. I’ve seen both Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) and Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica), so I’m looking forward to seeing Massington for the first time. There have been reports of his combination of speed and legit height and it will be good to judge him in person.

RB Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic): This should be a great glimpse into the future of the Trojan tailback spot. I’ve seen Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) but this will be the first look at Isaac as well as a chance to see them together. Isaac impressed a lot of people at the Nike Camp with his ability to catch the ball and this event could give him a chance to show those skills again.

WR Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee): The Trojans already have three receiver commits but there’s a reason the coaches continue to show interest in Treadwell. Other commits such as Isaac and Hawkins have praised him as well.

Erik McKinney
QB Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline): The quarterbacks are going to be front and center during the two-day, 7-on-7 portion of The Opening, and that will be Browne’s chance to show how he compares to his fellow quarterbacks.

[+] EnlargeEldridge Massington
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comThe WeAreSC panel is looking forward to seeing how Texas native Eldridge Massington looks alongside his fellow Trojans wide receiver commits.
WR Eldridge Massington: There are several big wide receivers in California, but the Trojans went into Texas to grab Massington. It should be fascinating to see how his combination of size and speed stacks up against the in-state wide receivers.

CB Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton): Last year Tracy Howard was the No. 1 cornerback from Florida. The Trojans were chasing and after watching him for about 30 seconds at The Opening, it was easy to see why. This year, it’s Hargreaves the Trojans are chasing and the cornerback will have an opportunity to prove that he is the top cornerback in the country.

DE Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland): Mathis was terrific at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and has been working hard this off season to get into better shape. He slid in the most recent ESPN 300 release and will have an opportunity to prove himself with that quick first step against some of the top offensive tackles in the country.

OL Nico Falah: Because the linemen are able to wear pads and helmets at The Opening, it gives a more realistic look at them as players compared to the usual camp setting. There is no shortage of defensive line talent this year, and while Kyle Murphy and Joshua Garnett announced the West Coast presence with authority last season, it will likely be up to Falah to lead the way this year.

Greg Katz
OL Nico Falah: I am looking forward to seeing the type of performance Falah has against some of the top-flight defensive linemen in the country. Having seen this kid at the Nike combine at Cerritos JC in the spring, it seemed he got better and better each rep. Now we’ll see how far he has taken what he has learned, and there is extra intrigue since he is considered a Trojans lean.

WR Steven Mitchell: Much has made about the standout summer that Mitchell is having, so, like Falah, let’s see what he does against some of the best defensive backs in the nation. You could also throw in fellow Trojans verbal Sebastian LaRue to find out if both he and Mitchell are as explosive as advertised, especially in separation.

DL Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer): We’ll find out more about the hyped Vanderdoes. Vanderdoes has gotten a great deal of national publicity, so if Falah is the best offensive lineman in California and Vanderdoes the best defensive lineman in the state, let’s get it on and find out who’s the real deal. This certainly will be one of the camp highlights, especially for those that follow Trojans recruiting.

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