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January 27, 2006

More bounce in California

Looking at the Rivals.com postseason California top 100, you'll notice a big trend right away.

The biggest thing that jumps off the page is that Southern Cal isn't going to go away any time soon. Not only have the Trojans done great all over the nation, but they've taken care of things in their own backyard by landing 10 of the top 100 prospects in California.

Leading off the list of the top 100 players is of course a USC commitment - five-star linebacker Allen Bradford. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound outside linebacker form Colton, Calif., proved all season long and in both the CaliFlorida Bowl and the U.S. Army All-America Bowl that he's one of the top 10 players in the nation.

Right behind Bradford is Los Angeles Dorsey five-star running back Stafon Johnson, who is scheduled to announce his decision Friday afternoon with Rivals.com's Mike Farrell on ESPNews. It's a two team race with him between USC and Georgia.

USC also owns commitments from the No. 3, No. 5, No. 6, No. 9 and No. 10 players in California.

Sylmar, Calif., athlete C.J. Gable locks down that No. 3 spot and picked the Trojans on television last week. Gable reminds many people of a Reggie Bush type player with his ability to kill you a number of different ways with the ball in his hands.

The No. 5 spot is where Colton, Calif., cornerback Shareece Wright resides.

Wright, who is the top cover corner in California since Chris McAlester, is also heading to SC and his stock continue to soar all throughout his senior season. There are even whispers that he might be better than Bradford, his teammate at Colton.

Right behind Wright is Oakland McClymonds linebacker Joshua Tatum, another USC commitment. Derek Simmons, a defensive end from Fairfield (Calif.) Armijo, is heading to USC and is at No. 9 in the rankings. Simmon's stock shot the through roof after a stellar CaliFlorida Bowl week.

At No. 10 on the list is David Ausberry, a talented receiver/athlete from Lemoore, Calif., and yes, he too is heading to play for the Trojans.

While USC dominates the top of the rankings, it's actually UCLA that has more players than any other school on the list. The Bruins, despite losing two of their ace recruiters late in the process, have 12 players ranked in the top 100.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Terrence Austin is the highest ranked Bruin on the board. The Jackrabbit receiver picked UCLA over Arizona, Miami, Oregon and Notre Dame. He is ranked as the state's No. 16 player and No. 14 receiver in the nation.

Offensive line was also extremely strong for the Bruins, and five UCLA offensive line commits cracked the top 100.

Other Pac 10 teams continued to raid the Golden State for talent.

Arizona landed nine players from the top 100, headlined by four-star Rivals100 cornerback Devin Ross. California landed five players in the top 30 with defensive tackle Derrick Hill (No. 8) and Darian Hagan (No. 14) the top Bear prospects in state. Arizona State snagged six players from the top 100 and linebacker Travis Goethel of Vista, Calif., should be a star in the Valley of the Sun.


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