College Football Recruiting: MLB Anthony Sarao Drops Stanford, Commits to USC

Bill NCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2011

Anthony Sarao
Anthony Sarao

Absecon (NJ) Four-star linebacker Anthony Sarao committed to USC during his official visit to campus this weekend. 

Sarao called the Stanford coaching staff to inform them of his decision before announcing his commitment to USC. Sarao was accepted into Stanford with a 4.0 GPA. 

This is USC’s 25th commitment, with eight plus Soma Vainuku from the 2010 class already signed and having started classes so that they will be available for spring practice.

It is the second announcement from USC’s big recruiting weekend with 19 recruits (two additional recruits missed their plane) including seven committed athletes.  Yesterday, 4-star running back Amir Carlisle switched his commitment from Stanford to USC.

"The highlight was getting the opportunity to talk to Coach Monte Kiffin and Coach Joe Barry," Sarao said. "We talked a lot about plays and that kind of stuff. It was great one-on-one time."

Sarao is 6’1” and 220 pounds.  He can take blocks from fullbacks and pulling guards but can also avoid the blocks through traffic to make plays at or behind the line of scrimmage.  He is also very good in pass coverage. 

Here are some Sarao video highlights from Holy Spirit High School.

Linebacker is an area of need for USC, so this is a very important commitment for the Trojans. ranks him the No. 11 linebacker.

USC has more recruits visiting on Jan. 21 and 28.

P.S.  Rival's Mike Farrell tweet announcement of Anthony Sarao's change to USC stated that "USC staff gonna close strong" which certainly appears to be the case. However, it also implied that academics was not important to Sarao who is a 4.0 GPA student.  Amir Carlisle is also a top student who made the same decision.  Nothing could be farther from the truth about Sarao (and Carlisle), and Farrell's comment shows that he does not understand the strong academic stature of USC and its attraction to many athletes.  Stanford is one of the top academic schools, but it doesn't come close to USC in terms of the combination football tradition and academics and both Sarao and Carlisle made their decisions accordingly. You may contact Farrell at to give him feedback.