USC's late push overtakes Florida for No. 1
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USC stormed back during the final hours of recruiting to overtake Florida for the recruiting national championship. Despite losing Scout.com's No. 1 offensive lineman, Andre Smith, to Alabama, and Scout.com's No. 1 defensive lineman, Gerald McCoy, to Oklahoma, the Trojans maneuvered expertly, putting together an incredible finish in the final hours of Letter-of-Intent Day.
USC edges Gators late for No. 1
Pete Carroll signed Scout.com Top 100 wide receiver Jamere Holland from Taft High School in Woodland Hills and quarterback/safety Garrett Green from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
Earlier in the day, USC recruiters convinced highly-regarded running back Kenny Ashley, from Venice High School, to decommit from Mississippi State and Long Beach Poly safety/linebacker Alfred Rowe changed his mind in favor of the Trojans over Oregon State.
An unprecedented total of thirteen of Scout.com's National Top 100 team are headed to play for USC. And their recruiting may not be over yet.
Scout.com's No. 3 running back Keiland Williams, who has been committed to LSU, remains unsigned and is strongly considering USC. A team which already has commitments from sterling runners such as Stafon Johnson, Emmanuel Moody, Stanley Havili and Ashley, could finish even stronger.
Complicating matters, USC's final signing list also remains in question because because Scout.com's No. 1 wide receiver, Vidal Hazelton, from Hargrave Military Academy, has not received permission from his parents to play for the Trojans. His USC Letter-of-Intent does not contain his father's signature and for that reason is invalid. Sources close to the family feel Hazelton will end up at USC, but the uncertainly of that situation, coupled with Williams' delayed signing, makes Scout.com's final choice for this year's national recruiting champion contingent on future events.
For now, USC deserves the nod as Scout.com's national recruiting champ. Stay tuned for further reports from our staff which may affect this network's final choice: USC or Florida.
Florida filled all its needs in a class built with balance, athletes and speed. The Gator headliners are quarterback Tim Tebow (St. Augustine, Fla.), wide receivers Percy Harvin (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Jarred Fayson (Tampa, Fla.), offensive lineman Carl Johnson (Durham, N.C.), linebackers Brandon Spikes (Shelby, N.C.) and A.J. Jones (Tampa, Fla.) and safety/ wide receiver Jamar Hornsby (Jacksonville, Fla.). These magnificent seven were all members of the Scout.com National 100.
"What Urban Meyer and his staff did this season was so impressive," said Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com. "They have filled all their needs and that's the most important factor. But they did this with some great players. This class is also so well balanced from top to bottom."
Speaking of the National 100, the Trojans have an incredible haul, getting a dozen top 100 prospects running backs Stafon Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Emmanuel Moody (Coppell, Texas), wide receivers Vidal Hazelton (Chatham, Va.) and David Ausberry, lineman Butch Lewis (Aurora, Co.), defensive tackle Derrick Simmons (Fairfield, Calif.), linebackers Allen Bradford (Colton, Calif.) and Josh Tatum (Oakland, Calif.), cornerback Shareece Wright (Colton, Calif.) and safeties Antwine Perez (Camden, N.J.), C.J. Gable (Sylmar, Calif.) and Taylor Mays (Seattle, Wa.).
"(USC's) effort is highlighted by superior skill position signees and also includes notable, as well as defensive linemen," said Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com. "The Trojans aimed high for offensive linemen and lost hard fought battles for the best they were after to Alabama (Andre Smith), Michigan (Steve Schilling) and Sam Young (Notre Dame)."
At No. 3 is Texas and what's amazing about the Longhorns' recruiting class is when they secured most of their commitments, which was before the 2005 regular season even started. Texas head coach Mack Brown and his staff are bringing in some outstanding talent like quarterback Jevan Snead (Stephenvile, Texas), wide receiver/cornerback Ken Beasley (Orange, Texas), linebacker Sergio Kindle (Dallas, Texas), defensive end Eddie Jones (Kilgore, Texas), and offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb (Mesquite, Texas).
"I think the impressive thing about this Texas class is the manner in which they got these kids," said Newberg. "Most of them were committed prior to the season even starting and a good many of those were committed to coach Brown before the summer. Amazing. Things should get even better now that they are the national champs as they move forward."
Checking in at No. 4 are the Georgia Bulldogs. Coach Mark Richt and the Dawgs have been a very consistent recruiting power and they once again put together a stellar class. Quarterback Matthew Stafford (Dallas, Texas) is one of the nation's top signal callers and he's already in Athens. Today, the Bulldogs landed super safety Reshad Jones (Atlanta, Ga.) and running back Knowshon Moreno (Middleton, Ga.). Other headliners are defensive ends Brandon Wood (Tallapoosa, Ga.) and Demarcus Dobbs (Savannah, Ga.), wide receiver Tony Wilson (Daytona Beach, Fla.), tight end Na Derris Ward (Oakland, Calif.), linebacker Akeem Hebron (Wheaton, Md.) and offensive linemen Justin Anderson (Ocilla, Ga.) and Kiante Tripp (Atlanta, Ga.).
"Georgia is bringing in a well balanced class," said Scott Kennedy of Scout.com. "The Dawgs filled their needs, especially at quarterback and the offensive line. They are also bringing in at least one star prospect at every position."
Notre Dame is back as head coach Charlie Weis leads the Irish change. They have perhaps the top offensive line class in the country led by Sam Young (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Dan Wenger (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Matt Carufel (St. Paul, Minn.). Running back James Aldridge (Merrillville, In.) is one of the nation's best and they are getting some great help in the secondary with cornerbacks Darrin Walls (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Raeshon McNeil (Mocksville, N.C.) and safety Sergio Brown (Maywood, Ill.).
"Notre Dame rebounded strongly after a poor signing effort in '05," said Wallace. "Charlie Weis signed the nation's finest group of offensive linemen and he also managed to significantly fortify his running game. The Irish secondary has been viewed as a weakness in recent years and cornerbacks Darrin Walls and Raeshon McNeil have the athletic ability to step into South Bend and help the program quickly. Drop-backer Zach Frazier
from Pennsylvania and the more athletic Demetrius Jones from Illinois give Weis some excellent options at quarterback."
Rounding out the Scout.com Top 10 are Penn State (No. 6), LSU (No. 7), Oklahoma (No. 8), Auburn (No. 9) and Michigan (No. 10). The Nittany Lions made quite an impressive run this season after a great year on the field, getting top end prospects like quarterback Pat Devlin (Downingtown, Pa.), defensive linemen Jared Odrick (Lebabon, Pa.) and Maurice Evans (Middle Village, N.Y.), wide receiver Chris Bell (Norfolk, Va.) and offensive lineman Antonio Logan-El (Forrestville, Md.).
"Penn State really finished with a great flurry," said Bob Lichtenfels of Scout.com. "They really did well in the state of Maryland and they did well on the defensive line, not to mention them getting a receiver like Chris Bell. They also filled all their needs."
There were also some recruiting surprises this season. The two at the top have to be Pittsburgh and Ole Miss, both of whom finished in the top 15 in the nation, according to Scout.com.
"Coach (Ed) Orgeron and Coach (Dave) Wannstedt have to be the co-recruiters of the year," proclaimed Newberg. "What they did recruiting this season was incredible and they both did this in their first full season to recruit and remember both teams struggled this season on the field too."
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