USC Trojans 2009-2010 Comings and Goings

Paul PeszkoSenior Writer IJune 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Safety Taylor Mays #2 of the USC Trojans smiles on the sidelines during the spring game on April 25, 2009 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  The cardinal team won 16-10.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

Although the Trojans depth chart will fluctuate between fall camp and the final game of the season, the team roster for 2009 is set.  So, let’s take an early look at 2010.  Who is likely to leave, who is likely to stay and who is coming in?
Stafon Johnson is the only senior running back in 2009 and most likely will be running for an NFL team in 2010.  Juniors C. J. Gable and Joe McKnight, if he stays healthy and has a good year, are likely to join Johnson in the NFL Draft. 

The same is true for Allan Bradford.  An early season hip injury enabled him to redshirt in 2008 and repeat his junior season in 2009.  If he stays healthy and gets enough playing time, he may join the others in the NFL Draft.

Coming in this year is Patrick Hall, a 6-1, 185-pound running back from St. Bonaventure H. S. In Ventura.  Hall can also play defense and could wind up there.

Already USC has three commits at running back for 2010.  Dillion Baxter is a 6-foot, 205-pound running back from Mission Bay H.S. in San Diego.  Baxter runs a 4.5 forty.

Trajuan Briggs is another 6-foot, 205-pound senior at Birmingham H.S.  He runs the forty in 4.55. 

The third running back commit is D. J. Morgan from Taft H.S. in Woodland Hills.  Morgan is 5-10, 170 pounds and runs a fast 4.42 forty.

At fullback, Stanley Havili still has one more year of eligibility in 2010, but like tailbacks Gable and McKnight, Havili may choose to enter the draft depending on his evaluation, which figures to be fairly high for this extremely reliable, do-everything fullback.

Adam Goodman, one of Havili’s backups, will graduate this year.  But, D. J. Shoemate had a terrific spring practice at fullback.  Also, freshman Seminone Vehikite from Kapolei, Hawaii will join the Trojans this fall.

The quarterbacks are all eligible in 2010 except for sometimes quarterback, sometimes wide receiver and place kick holder, Garrett Green. The only question mark at quarterback will be Mitch Mustain.  If he doesn’t get much playing time this season, he may decide to finish his career at a Division II school.

The entire receiving corps is eligible in 2010.  However, if Damian Williams has a Heisman type year, he will probably enter the NFL Draft.  Ronald Johnson, David Ausberry, and Travon Patterson are more than likely to return.

DeVon Flournoy, a 6-1, 180-pound wide receiver from Cathedral High in Los Angeles will join the receivers in the fall.  No wide receivers have committed for 2010 as yet.

While the entire offensive line is returning this year, 2010 is another story.  Jeff Byers, Charles Brown, Alex Parsons, and Thomas Herring are seniors.  Byers and Brown are starters.  Parsons and Herring have been rotating with underclassman.

Khaled Holmes and Matt Khalil, both redshirted in 2008, are already well positioned on the depth chart.  Joining them this year will be incoming freshmen, Kevin Graf from Agoura High and John Martinez from Cottonwood High in Salt Lake City.

Brice Schwab, a huge 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman from Palomar Junior College has given a verbal committment for 2010.

Tight end Anthony McCoy is also a senior.  Rhett Ellison, Blake Ayles and Michael Reardon are all sophomores.

Two tight ends have committed for 2010.  Xavier Grimble is a 6-5, 250-pound tight end from Bishop Gorman High in Nevada.  Randall Telfer is a 6-4, 225-pounder from Rancho Cucamonga.

Starting with the defensive backfield, Taylor Mays, a preseason All-American safety, will be in the NFL in 2010.  Also leaving will be safeties Josh Pinkard and Will Harris.

Backup safeties junior Marshall Jones and sophomores Shane Horton and Drew McAllister all played exceptionally well this spring.

Joining the team in 2009 are safeties T. J. McDonald from Edison High in Fresno, Bryan Moore from Nathaniel Narbonne High in Harbor City, and Jawanza Starling from Tallahasee, Florida.

Returning starter Kevin Thomas is the only senior cornerback on the 2009 squad besides walk-on Matthew Jordan.  Redshirt freshman Brian Baucham is Thomas’ backup and played well this spring. 

Junior Shareece Wright at the other corner had a neck injury that kept him out of action for most of 2008.  So, it is doubtful that Wright will choose to enter the NFL Draft next year. 

Torin Harris is a 6-0, 175-pound corner from Palo Verde High in Las Vegas, who will join the cornerbacks in the fall.

Luther Brown is the only senior on the linebacking corps.  But he has been hobbled with injuries and did not see action in the spring.

Three incoming freshman will join the linebackers this fall.  Frankie Telfort is a 5-11, 205-pound linebacker from Miami with 4.41 speed.  Marquis Simmons is a 6-foot, 220-pound local product from Dominquez High School.  Jarvis Jones is a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker from Columbus, Georgia.  All three were four-star recruits.

Averell Spicer is the only senior on the defensive line.  There are three juniors, Everson Griffen, Christian Tupou and Derek Simmons.  But as a rule, defensive linemen usually stick around for their senior year to get that extra experience and improve their rushing techniques before entering the draft.

In addition, four newcomers are joining the d-line this season.  Devon Kennard is a 6-3, 255-pound five-star recruit from Dessert Vista High in Phoenix.  Hebron Fangupo, a junior college transfer, is another five-star recruit.  He stands 6-2 and weighs 320 pounds. 

James Boyd is a 6-5, 230-pound defensive end who also played quarterback at Jordan High School in Los Angeles.  Kevin Greene is a 6-4, 235-pound defensive end from San Francisco.

So far, Dakota Smith, a gigantic 6-7, 352-pound defensive lineman from Westchester High in Los Angeles, is the only d-lineman to give a verbal committment for 2010.

Jordan Congdon is a senior place kicker who is fighting it out with Junior Joe Jouston to be the No. 1 place kicker.  The  punter, Billy O’Malley, is a junior.

Entering this fall is junior college transfer from Mt. San Antonio College, Jacob Harfman.  He is a Junior College All-American place kicker having connected on 20-of-26 field goals.  His longest was for 56 yards, and Harfman has recorded 27 touchbacks.  He will also compete with O’Mally for the punting job.

Another punter Matt Darr from Frontier High School has verbally committed for 2010.

Now that the coaching staff has gone through their evaluations and extended several more scholarship offers to high school senior, I should have more on verbal committments as fall camp approaches.  Stay tuned.


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