USC Football: Recruiting Notes 1/27/12

Lets lead with recruiting as it is the hot thing roght now with NSD next week.

USC missed out on DJ Foster...

The Saguaro High star was the last uncommitted running back known to be on USC’s radar. Unless they can unearth or flip another prospect, the Trojans will enter next season with only three scholarship tailbacks after the transfers of Dillon Baxter and Amir Carlisle.

From what I have read elsewhere, Fosters parents wanted him at USC, but Foster needs to pass a core class just to be eligible with the NCAA. So, if Foster is struggling just to make clearinghouse and if he does pass this core class it is easy to see that ASU academically is easier for Foster to navigate than USC. Damn shame, the kid is real talent.

We wish him luck...

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USC in it for Murphy?

When Kyle Murphy took his visit to USC on January 18th, the Trojans knew they had a lot of ground to make up. The massive offensive tackle recruit had visited Stanford at least four times during his last two seasons, and the Cardinal were thought to be an absolute lock.

Yahoo! West Coast recruiting analyst Adam Gorney believes that Murphy might not be all sewn up to Stanford:

From what I hear, #USC is definitely in contention for five-star OT Kyle Murphy. Not a #Stanford lock as some suspect.

Murphy is a real talent.

'SC could use him on the line...we'll if Lane and Co. can pull this one off!

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Andrus Peat, another top OL prospect, has USC on his list.

Andrus Peat of Tempe, Arizona's Corona del Sol High School is a special offensive tackle. Most services regard him as a five-star player and one of the best offensive tackles in the country. At 6'7" and 300+ pounds, Peat already has passable college size, and yet, his build is not sloppy like so many big men in high school. Peat has quick feet and easily dominates the competition in Tempe.

Peat's brother plays at Nebraska so the family heart strings are in play here.

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Arik Armstead is done with the recruiting process, only a decision is to be made...

ust talked to Arik Armstead on the phone, and there's a sense of relief and pride in the voice of the All-American lineman for Pleasant Grove High School.

He is finished with the recruiting trips, the in-home visits - all of it - and now will continue to confer with his parents, Guss and Christina, to figure out exactly where he might be the next 4-5 years of his life.

On Tuesday, Auburn and coach Gene Chizik stopped by the Armstead's Elk Grove home for a visit. On Wednesday, Cal and the defensive staff stopped by. Then it was USC with Lane Kiffin, waving an Armstead jersey playfully (and no, Armstead couldn't keep the jersey).

Today - Thursday - it was Chip Kelly and Oregon that stopped by for a home visit. And just now, Armstead and his father Guss left a nearby hotel where Washington coach Steve Sarkisian and six other coaches - an army - put on a power-point display in a rented conference room. There were also several Armstead jerseys on display, No. 9. Armstead likes that number because it honors his late uncle Willie "Buggy" Armstead, who played football at Chico State a generation ago.

Should be interesting to see how this one goes.

I thinks it's Cal or 'SC. Cal is close to home while USC would put Arik with his brother.

I am calling Cal...no surprise there.

It happens on Wednesday!

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