With the USC coaching staff at the Galen Center Founder's Room for a recruiting banquet, two big pieces of news have come across the wires.
For one, offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Durham Hall) has not signed his letter of intent, instead waiting until USC appears before an NCAA infractions committee on Feb. 19-21. Henderson announced earlier today he would attend USC, so this development comes as a surprise. The story was first reported by the New York Times' Thayer Evans, who had followed Henderson and his father Sean around for the last week of the recruiting process.
The other development is more positive. USC received a commitment from junior college defensive end Marquis Jackson (Santa Clarita, Calif./College of the Canyons), who told USCfootball.com on Wednesday night that he will sign with the Trojans.
Jackson, committed to UCLA as of Tuesday, decided to switch after complications with the letter-of-intent process with the Bruins. His signing still has not been officially announced by the university, but is expected to come by Thursday.
To close out Wednesday's developments, USC has signed 18 recruits, with two more expected in the next day (Jackson and fullback Soma Vainuku) and one more player committed but without immediate plans to sign (Henderson).
Those 18 signees are, in alphabetical order:
WR Markeith Ambles (McDonough, Ga./Henry County)
DB Dion Bailey (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood)
RB/WR Dillon Baxter (San Diego, Calif./Mission Bay)
DB Anthony Brown(Rialto, Calif./Kaiser)
OL Giovanni Di Poalo(Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure)
TE Xavier Grimble(Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
DB Patrick Hall (Oxnard, Calif./St. Bonaventure)
RB D.J. Morgan (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft)
WR Kyle Prater (Maywood, Ill./Proviso West)
LB Hayes Pullard(Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw)
DB Nickell Robey(Frostproof, Fla./Frostproof)
QBJesse Scroggins (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood)
LB Glen Stanley(Thatcher, Ariz./Eastern Arizona JC)
TE Randall Telfer(Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga)
TE Christian Thomas(Palmdale, Calif./Highland)
DT George Uko (Chino, Calif./Don Lugo)
WR Robert Woods (Carson, Calif./Serra)
DB Demetrius Wright (Corona, Calif./Corona)