Thanks to a relatively new NCAA rule change, enacted for the 2014 recruiting cycle, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was able to talk about Class of 2015 USC commits Ricky Town, Cameron Smith and Chuma Edoga.
In October 2013, the NCAA made the rule change allowing schools to have unlimited contact and also talk about recruits that had been offered and signed financial aid agreements in order to enroll early.
After five-star Georgia offensive lineman Chuma Edoga signed his financial aid agreement last night, Sarkisian took some time after Thursday's practice to talk a little bit about Edoga and fellow future early enrollees, quarterback Ricky Town and linebacker Cameron Smith.
If you watch the tail end of Thursday's post-practice presser (start at around the 9:00 minute mark), you can listen to Sarkisian speak about Town and start to talk about Smith before the video cuts out:
Here's what Sarkisian says about five-star quarterback Ricky Town of St. Bonaventure HS:
"With Ricky we're getting a great leader, a guy who has played very good football at St. Bonaventure and continues to do so in his senior season. I loved his grit, his work ethic, his willingness to learn. This guy loves the game of football. He studies the game of football, similar to Cody [Kessler] that way, a real football junkie."
Sarkisian starts talking about four-star middle linebacker Cameron Smith of Granite Bay HS:
"I think Cam Smith, we're getting a prototypical, really physical middle linebacker. Smart. Tough. Probably more athletic than people give him credit for. Again, I think you have to have those type of guys on your team in the middle of your defense..."
The video cuts off there, but luckily, the OC Register's Michael Lev transcribed the rest of Sarkisian's comments on the class of 2015 trio. Finishing up on Cameron Smith:
"You want to be a hard-nosed, tough defense. You see it having Hayes in the middle of our defense now. I think we get some of that with Cam."
And then Sarkisian drops some high praise for five-star offensive tackle Chuma Edoga of McEachern HS in Powder Springs, Georgia:
"With Chuma Edoga, we think we're getting the most premier offensive lineman in the country. The athleticism he possesses, the potential at left tackle that he has for the future, for his future, and the future of our program, is something that is very unique. He's a bright young man. He could have attended any university in the country, and he's choosing to come here and come here midyear, which is exciting."