There have been multiple additions to the USC recruiting visitor list this weekend with safety Marvell Tell, running back Ronald Jones and wide receiver Isaac Whitney joining a group that will include quarterback Ricky Town, linebacker Cameron Smith, wide receiver Christian Kirk, and athletes Porter Gustin and Terry Godwin.
Tell had an in-home visit on Monday with USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, Texas A&M also had a visit, and the Oregon Ducks are also in the mix. The safety spot is one of the primary positions that needs to be filled among the recruits, and Tell is one of the top priorities on that wish list. Jones is currently a commit to Oklahoma State. Whitney is a big target from the junior college ranks, and the Trojans already have a verbal from one JC receiver in De'Quan Hampton.
Town and Smith are early enrollees at USC, so they figure to lead a lot of the recruiting pitches this weekend. Town is certainly familiar with Kirk after spending time talking to him about the Trojans at The Opening event in July. Gustin was there as well, and he would make another physical presence in the USC front seven, along with Smith.
Kirk and Whitney are both scheduled to make their college announcements this month, with plans to enroll early at their school of choice in January.
Receiver opens up recruiting process: The Trojans suffered a loss from the 2015 class on Thursday when wide receiver Desean Holmes announced that he would be opening up his recruiting process to look at other schools.
Holmes is a shifty slot receiver who committed to the Trojans last summer, but despite his ESPN 300 ranking and inclusion in events such as The Opening, there had long been rumblings wondering about Holmes eventually ending up at USC, in part because of a crowded group at his position. The Trojans have Steven Mitchell, a former teammate and good friend of Holmes, and Ajene Harris at the slot position, and could also use Adoree' Jackson there as well. There is also a verbal commitment from Dominic Davis, who can play running back or the slot and was also a teammate of Holmes’ at Alemany this year. As such, it was not a huge surprise in the recruiting world when Holmes announced his de-commitment to look at other options.
The Trojans now have 16 verbal commitments for the class of 2015, with the ability to use eight more scholarships.
Recruits in action: There will be several USC recruits taking part in CIF-SS championship games this weekend in the southern California area.
Trojans quarterback commit Sam Darnold will lead San Clemente in action tonight against Trabuco Hills for the Southwest Division title. WR/DB Ykili Ross and Riverside Poly are making their first Inland Division championship game appearance in 30 years as they face Redlands East Valley. There are also a pair of underclassmen with USC offers, linebacker Darrian Franklin leads Downey against Crescenta Valley for the Southeast title, and talented sophomore Darnay Holmes (cousin of Desean) will be in action for Newbury Park against Paso Robles in the Northern Division.
On Saturday, USC center commit Cole Smith will anchor the Mission Viejo line against Vista Murrieta for the West Valley title.