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Laying the Foundation: USC Football Recruiting in 2009 (Update: Aug. 19)

Rick McMahan@@RickMcMahanSenior Writer IAugust 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11:  Cornerback T.J. Bryant #1 of the USC Trojans returns an interception 58 yards against the Arizona State Sun Devils on October 10, 2008 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  usc WON 28-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Amidst the disheartening news of Frankie Telfort, who was forced to quit football due to a heart condition and the injuries, though minor, to quarterback Aaron Corp and center Kris O'Dowd, came the very welcome news that the No. 1 rated wide receiver by Scout Inc. has given his verbal pledge to the Trojans today.

Robert Woods, a 6'2", 185 pound wide receiver from Serra High School in Gardena, CA comes with sterling credentials.

A 4.45 speedster with what has been called "soft but strong hands," Woods combines "terrific straight line speed" with the ability to get "excellent separation."

The Trojans have had their eyes on Robert Woods for some time now and when he called the coaches to commit, Woods said he could "hear the coaches screaming in the background."

Woods will be familiar with some of the players either already at USC or on the way.

In Pop Warner football, Robert Woods played with Byron Moore, freshman defensive back with the Trojans and another 2009 commitment, Dion Bailey.

This is a big "get" for the Trojans who need depth at the wide receiver position. Kyle Prater, a very highly regarded 6'5" prep wide receiver from Illinois visited the Trojans recently and it is thought that USC is now his leader.

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The additions of both Robert Woods and Kyle Prater would set the Trojans up at the wide receiver position for the next few years.

Robert Woods is reminiscent of Ronald Johnson, the speedy junior whom the Trojans expect big things from this year in that he is both fast and elusive with very good hands.

Meanwhile, roughly three weeks ago, Giovanni Di Poalo, a 6'4", 254 pound center from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, committed to the Trojans.

Di Poalo, who is expected to also see time elsewhere on the offensive line, had sought an offer from the Trojans for a long time.

When he got that offer, Di Poalo didn't take long to accept.

Giovanni Di Poalo impressed Trojan coaches with his motor which never stops and a great work ethic.

He will add weight and technique and is expected to follow a long line of fine Trojan offensive linemen.

Di Paolo also held offers from Stanford, both Arizona schools and Washington.

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