USC: Eldridge Massington

ESPN 300 DE Jason Hatcher makes call 

February, 5, 2013
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After weeks of speculation involving USC, Louisville and Kentucky, ESPN 300 defensive end Jason Hatcher has made up his mind heading into signing day.


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The One Who Got Away: RB Thomas 

January, 31, 2013
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In a topsy-turvy recruiting season that has had Trojans fans teetering on the brink of insanity with the decommitments of one-time USC verbals Eddie Vanderdoes, Max Redfield, Eldridge Massington, Sebastian LaRue and Kylie Fitts -- not to mention the uncertain status of others such as Jalen Ramsey and Torrodney Prevot -- it’s worth taking a quick look back to signing day 2011. While the saga of the Class of 2013 has been filled with plenty of drama, nothing compares to the way Lane Kiffin and his staff were rocked by the last-second defection of De’Anthony Thomas.


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USC adds 2013 and 2014 commits

June, 11, 2012
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The USC Trojans are now technically halfway done with assembling their 2013 recruiting class, having received their ninth verbal commitment on Sunday.

Receiver/defensive back Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) committed to USC at a camp on the school's campus over the weekend. He becomes the second receiver in the Trojans' 2013 class after Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Tex./West Mesquite)

Because of scholarship limits under the terms of NCAA sanctions, the Trojans have a total of 18 slots to work with in the class of 2013 -- 15 regular signees and three early enrollees. They may already have the three early enrollees in the fold, too, in quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wa./Skyline) and others who could potentially graduate high school in December.

Also committing to USC over the weekend was 6-8, 335-pound offensive tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla Country Day), a rising high school junior. Poland is the first Class of 2014 prospect to commit to the Trojans.

Of course, quarterback David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian) is already committed in the Class of 2015.

Isaac commitment keeps USC's class going

May, 15, 2012
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Illinois running back Ty Isaac, one of the top backfield prospects in the country, committed to USC on Tuesday, giving the Trojans their sixth commitment of the 2013 recruiting season and arguably their most important.

Here's why: Isaac, ranked sixth at his position by ESPNU and 68th overall, is the first top-flight running back prospect to commit to the Trojans since D.J. Morgan in the class of 2010. Well, there was Amir Carlisle in 2011, but that ship has sailed.

Simply enough, USC direly needed a back in this class to provide some actual depth at the position once Curtis McNeal leaves. Actually, the Trojans needed two -- and they might get another later this week, when Northern California prospect Justin Davis makes his college announcement.

But Isaac's even better than the typical four-star prospect -- at least for USC -- because he's a legitimate big back, one who would ideally work in tandem with Morgan upon his arrival in Los Angeles. The Trojans tried to get one of those under the radar in Buck Allen in 2011 but realized this spring he's more of a standard-sized runner than anything else.

At 6-3 and 215 pounds in his junior year of high school in Joliet, Ill., Isaac is definitely a big back.

He becomes the third skill-position player to commit to the Trojans in the last six weeks. Highly-touted quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wa./Skyline) committed last month as an early enrollee and receiver Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Tex./West Mesquite) committed earlier this month.

Defensive end Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) and cornerback Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) also committed in April. Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian) became the first member of the 2013 class when he committed last November.

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2013 TEAM LEADERS

PASSINGATTCOMPYDSTD
C. Kessler361236296820
RUSHINGCARYDSAVGTD
J. Allen1357855.814
T. Madden1387035.13
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
M. Lee5779113.94
N. Agholor5691816.46
TEAMRUSHPASSTOTAL
Offense174.2218.1392.3
TEAMPFPAMARGIN
Scoring28.521.37.2