Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Four-star DE takes in first USC game
By Blair Angulo
As expected following a poor showing against Washington State in the home opener, there were far less recruits at the Coliseum over the weekend when USC played host to Boston College.
ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) was perhaps the most notable visitor, as the four-star prospect took in his first Trojans game and spoke at length with assistant coach Ed Orgeron afterward.
Keisean Lucier-South had positive reviews for his first visit to USC.
“The conversations were great,” Lucier-South said. “Coach O told me he wants me to go to their school and be their next elite pass rusher. I loved the defense. They were getting after the quarterback and it was pretty cool to see. My favorite part of the visit was going to there for the first time and walking on the field. Most importantly, it was also about meeting all the coaches.”
While some recruits opted to stay at home, Lucier-South said he had no doubts about visiting the Coliseum despite what happened the previous week. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound athlete was treated to another stellar performance by the USC defense in a 35-7 victory.
“Their performance was big,” Lucier-South said. “Their offense was clicking the whole time, too.”
Lucier-South, who landed a scholarship offer from Orgeron just hours before the Trojans kicked off their season against Hawaii, intends to return to campus later this fall. Orange Lutheran has started its campaign with three wins, and Lucier-South figures to get his moment in the spotlight against the likes of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei and Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic in Trinity League play.
West Coast QB takes in game
Quarterback recruiting remains one of the biggest priorities for Lane Kiffin and his staff in the current class after missing on Stanford commit Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), the lone prospect they offered. Local signal-callers Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and Brad Kaaya (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) committed to Arizona and Miami (Fla.), respectively, after receiving varied levels of interest from the Trojans.
Class of 2014 quarterback Drew Doxtator (Henderson, Nev./Foothill) could emerge as an option moving forward. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound pocket passer attended Saturday’s game at the Coliseum and met with the coaching staff.
“Overall, it was a very good experience,” Doxtator said. “I got a lot of good vibes from the coaching staff. It was an honor to be there. My interest level is very high.”
The superstitious three-star prospect did not want to go into details about the talks he had with assistant coach Clay Helton. He will mail in tape from his first four games to kick off the evaluation process.
“I don’t want to jinx it, but it was just good stuff overall,” said Doxtator, who is rated No. 8 overall in Nevada. “They’ve been sending quite a few letters and talking with my coach for like five or six months, but this was my first time meeting with them.”
Doxtator passed for 1,998 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior last year, averaging more than 285 yards per game (he was limited to seven games because of an injury). He threw for 2,687 yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore.
“The first time I went to the Coliseum, I was 6 or 7,” Doxtator said. “That was back when we lived in Wisconsin. We flew out here because we have friends that live in Los Angeles. So this was my second game there, but first time as a recruit.
“It’s kind of close to home since it’s four or five hours away. I would also have a good core system in and around L.A., plus USC’s education is great. You can’t go wrong with the law program there. On top of all that, they have so much football tradition.”
Doxtator has scholarship offers from San Jose State and UNL, and has garnered interest form the likes of Boise State, Florida State, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA and Wisconsin.
The New Orleans Edna Karr tandem of Speedy Noil and Gerald Willis III officially visited Texas A&M over the weekend and have indicated through social media they will likely be a package deal come signing day. Noil, the No. 1-rated athlete, and Willis, an ESPN 300 defensive lineman, have expressed high interest in visiting USC sometime this year.
USC has continued to delve into the 2015 class, recently contacting ESPN Junior 300 standouts Brian Cole (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage) and Harry Lewis (Hampton, Va./Phoebus). The 6-2, 200-pound Cole, rated No. 10 among athletes and No. 2 in his state, has offers from the likes of Michigan, Michigan Sate, Ohio State and Tennessee. Cole said he and Orgeron have established a dialogue. The 6-foot, 253-pound Lewis, meanwhile, has high interest in USC, but no offer yet. “I like their program a lot,” Lewis said. “Coach O told me I’m a good player and they like what I can do.”