January 3, 2008

New Year, New Recruits

While the Trojans' class of 2008 is still being built, several of the nation's top juniors already call USC their future college.

With five commitments from the class of 2009, some recruiting analysts are calling USC the favorite to win a third national recruiting title under Pete Carroll. In 2009, those hopes rest on offense.

All four of USC's 2009 offensive commitments are ranked among the Rivals100 pre-evaluation All-American team. The highest rated player of the group is Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral four-star athlete Randall Carroll.

Running a SPARQ timed 4.31 and 4.28 40-yard dash at USC's final camp of the summer, Carroll is the state of California's premier track star. As a sophomore, he ran a 10.52, coming in third in the 100-meter state final.

Carroll will most likely use his speed on the offensive side of the ball in college, performing as a wide out at USC in June. Of course, during what was dubbed as the Trojans' "Last Chance Camp", the 5-foot-11, 175-pound flash was almost knocked out cold by a defender on a slant route. While Carroll's speed is definitely elite, he remains raw and unpolished fundamentally.

As a junior Carroll scored 14 touchdowns, averaging 12 yards a carry as a running back and 20 yards a catch as a receiver.

And while Carroll could be California's most deadly deep threat, he's not the state's only impressive junior receiver. In fact, wide receiver may be the deepest position in California next year.

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