USC Football Recruiting: Hot Rumors on National Signing Day Eve

Bill NCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2011

USC Football Recruiting: Hot Rumors on National Signing Day Eve

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    USC head coach Lane KiffinStephen Dunn/Getty Images

    The USC Trojans have a top-five recruiting class even though they are facing the harshest NCAA sanctions since the SMU death penalty in 1987. 

    No other college could do this, and it is a tribute to the football traditions, academic reputation, location and the excellent coaches who are doing the recruiting—especially recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, Lane Kiffin, Kennedy Pola, Joe Barry, John Baxter and Monte Kiffin.

    USC has 16 commits for the 2011 class and at least eight early enrollees. 

    There are rumors that CB Isaiah Wiley may have to change from an early enrollee to 2011 class because he has one community college course that USC may not give credit.

    Since USC appealed half of the scholarship reductions, they will be delayed until after the appeal decision expected after National Signing Day. 

    Therefore, it is possible that USC could sign up to 25 athletes (plus early enrollees) for 2011.

    The Trojans are doing a good job of filling their top positional needs.  The commitment from 4-star OL Cyrus Hobbi on Jan. 28 was huge.

    This dead period is a crazy time with lots of wild rumors.  It will soon be over and we will have the answers.

    Here are some hot rumors about USC signing decisions for the Feb. 2 National Signing Day.  All of the star ratings are from Rivals.

10. WR/TE Junior Pomee

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    Four-star Junior Pomee (6’3”/215) of Moreno Valley, Ca., will sign with USC, according to a story by Matt Yanofsky of National Underclassmen Football Combine on Jan. 31. 

    His father, Kapelieli, confirmed the decision, but it is not clear if he knew he would be quoted.

    A reliable source texted Pomee, who denied making a commitment.  Of course, if he confirmed it there would be no need to announce on NSD.

    He is a hybrid wide receiver/tight end and has the frame for 240-plus pounds.  He could be a fast tight end or a big-possession receiver.

9. CB Ryan Henderson

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    Three-star Ryan Henderson (5’10”/165) of Moreno Valley, Ca., (teammate of Junior Pomee) wants to play with Junior Pomee in college. 

    He is committed to Utah; however, there are rumors that the recent visit did not go well.

    He really enjoyed his visit to USC and said “SC and Utah is neck-and-neck.” 

    He expected to have a decision by Jan. 30 after sitting down with his family.

8. OG Aundrey Walker

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    Four-star Aundrey Walker (6’5”/355) of Cleveland, Ohio, loved his visit to USC and there were rumors at the time that he committed to USC. 

    Those rumors were premature, and it is very difficult for the Trojans to get athletes from Ohio, especially since Walker’s mother prefers that he stay close.

    Rivals reported that Walker is down to three colleges, including USC, Ohio State and Michigan State. 

    Walker said, “USC is my dream school. Ohio State is closest to home and Michigan State is a great program.”

    Most feel that it is down to USC and Ohio State, and it could be 50-50 at this point.  There were rumors on Jan. 31 that he had picked USC.

    His size is what the Trojans need to protect Matt Barkley while he finds one of the most talented receiving corps in football and open holes for the talented running backs.

7. S Marqise Lee

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    Four-star Marqise Lee (6’1”/187) of Gardena, Ca., also loved his visit to USC and there were rumors of a silent commit. 

    He is friends with De’Anthony Thomas, Victor Blackwell, Robert Woods and George Farmer.

    Scout Commitment Tracker has Lee all USC, and that seems to reflect most rumors.  He is much-needed by the Trojans.

6. Athlete Jarvorius Allen

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    Three-star Jarvorius (Buck) Allen (6’1”/210) of Tallahassee, FL has probably decided his future school, according to Lincoln High head coach Yusuf Shakir.

    He did not play last year due to an injury; he ran for more than 1,000 yards this year and as a sophomore. 

    He has great hands with over 1,000 career reception yards.  He also played linebacker. 

    Allen is a very good back to supplement the passing game due to his pass blocking.  It is also possible that he could play safety in college.

    Rumors on Jan. 31 seemed to indicate that he has selected USC.

5. LB Kent Turene

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    Three-star Kent Turene (6’3”/230) of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., recently de-committed from USC, but states that he is evenly divided between Georgia, Texas Tech, Nebraska and USC. 

    There are rumors that he silently committed to Georgia on his official visit two weeks ago, but he denied them.

    Rumors seem to indicate that he will sign with Georgia. 

    Hopefully, he just needs some time to think this through and realize the opportunity he has at USC.

4. DT Delvon Simmons

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    Four-star Delvon Simmons (6’5”/265) of McKeesport, Pa., had a good visit to USC and needs to select his college.  He has visited Iowa, Oregon, Rutgers, Texas Tech and USC. 

    There were rumors of a silent commit during his USC visit but this has not been confirmed. 

    Distance could be a factor, and Rutgers is making a push.

    However, USC has a good shot.  He would be a great replacement for Jalen Grimble, in whom USC lost interest.

3. OT Troy Niklas

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    Four-star Troy Niklas (6’7”/243) of Anaheim, Ca., is down to Notre Dame and USC.  He visited USC on Jan. 21 and Notre Dame on Jan. 28. 

    There is very little information about his visits.  Both of his parents went to USC and his first name reflects that.  However, he can play TE or DL and may not want to be an OT.

    He should be a Trojan if he is willing to be an OT.

2. S Karlos Williams

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    Five-star Karlos Williams (6’2”/210) of Davenport, Fla., is committed to Florida State.  But USC was the only other college to get an official visit.

    There are wild rumors that he may select the Trojans.  That would be a huge shock and incredible pick-up if it happened.

1. Athlete De’Anthony Thomas

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    Five-star De’Anthony Thomas (5’9”/160) of Los Angeles, CA is a USC commit who took a trip to Oregon over the last weekend. 

    He was very impressed with all the facilities that Phil Knight of Nike funded, and rumors are all over the place that he will sign with Oregon.

    Given his relationship with USC, including Robert Woods and recruits such as Victor Blackwell, it is hard to believe that he would change from USC.  USC is his dream school and playing in front of his family and for his community outweighs anything Oregon has to offer.

    He is announcing his decision at 5 p.m. at LA Live’s ESPN Zone, but the Oregon press conference is at 1 p.m. and USC at 5:30 p.m.  It is hard to believe that he would announce after Oregon if he is going there.

    USC needs De’Anthony Thomas.