This past Wednesday, USC wrapped up another Top 10 recruiting class with tons of blue chippers and future NFL stars. While this class may have lacked the missing one or two guys to truly make it an elite class, we got what we needed. Lots of linemen, linebackers, and some athletes make this class better than it seems. Here are some key players that will no doubt lead USC to more national championships and BCS games.
Matt Kalil/ Tyron Smith: Both stud offensive linemen will make sure that Barkley and Mustain have time to shred Pac-10 defenses with their cannons.
Brice Butler: Can anyone say Steve Smith? This year we really missed that all-important slot receiver with great hands and terrific route-running ability. Not anymore, this kid knows how to play the game.
Nick Perry/Malik Jackson: Defensive end is a position we are lacking skill players. Everson Griffin is changing that, but Lawrence Jackson proved that Rivals.com and recruiting websites make some players seem better than they really are. Carroll and staff stole Perry from Michigan and Jackson from Fresno State. Bananas man.
2008 National Signing Day wouldn't be without a few surprises, good and bad, so here are some surprises.
T.J. Bryant: KABOOM!!!!! The gem of this years signing class. A starter in 2008 in the USC secondary is written all over this kid. The fact that Pete Carroll went into Florida and stole him from the likes of Urban Liar and the Spear speak volumes about his talent. Bryant will be a lock-down corner the likes that USC has never seen before.We mentioned this guy back in June 2007 and our opinion has not changed. We needed this kid. And we got him.
Uona Kavienga: Big time linebacker who committed to UCLA and BYU only to decommit and sign with SC. A linebacker in the mold of Big Rey. Sick no doubt.
Joe Adams: Committed to SC, only to back out and commit to Arkansas. Word is he wanted to play WR and being recruited as a DB, not sure how we lost this kid. But Bryant eases the pain of that loss.
Julio Jones: We all shared the same feeling.
We'll keep everyone up to date for next year's recruiting class, which has already gotten underway with 8 commits. More to come. Fuck UCLA, Fight On!