December 14, 2008

Trojans done with big recruiting weekend

The USC football team and staff had the present goals in mind this past weekend, as the Trojans returned to the practice field to prepare for Penn State in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

But, that was not the only objective over the weekend.

The Trojans also had an eye on their future, hosting several high profile recruits on campus for official visits.

Devon Kennard, DE, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista

Probably the highest-rated uncommitted player on the Trojans' recruiting board, Kennard visited the USC campus with his brother.

The five-star defensive end's offer list is a who's who of college football powerhouses, and the Trojans' got Kennard's second-to-last visit.

The No. 6 player in the latest Rivals100 and top-rated defensive end in the 2009 class, Kennard got a first-hand look at USC's talented, young defensive lineman. He also saw freshman Nick Perry look good playing the three technique inside on the line, opening up the possibility that Kennard could come in and play early.

USC returns only three true defensive ends next season, and Kennard's commitment is a top priority.

Kennard is scheduled to visit Texas next week.

Matt Barkley, QB, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

The former top-rated player in the Rivals100, Barkley has been committed for nearly a year.

The five-star quarterback got a chance to talk with coaches about Steve Sarkisian's departure and John Morton's promotion to offensive coordinator.

Barkley's currently rated No. 11 in the Rivals100.

He left early on Saturday to finish his final exams in order to ensure his early graduation.

Morrell Pressley, TE, Carson (Calf.) Carson

The second player committed to the Trojans' 2009 recruiting class, Pressley spent time on the practice field talking to tight ends coach Brennan Carroll.

Pressley, a four-star recruit, recently visited UCLA, and the Bruins reportedly made a good impression.

The Trojans had a chance to reaffirm Pressley's commitment this weekend.

T.J. McDonald, DB, Fresno (Calif.) Edison

McDonald, the No. 80 player in the latest Rivals100, spent lots of time watching the Trojan secondary with defensive backs coach Rocky Seto.

He's been committed to USC for over a year.

Corey Adams, DT, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Adams, another uncommitted prospect, certainly passed the look test while visiting the Trojans this past weekend.

An imposing physique and good pass-rushing instincts have Adams as the No. 100-ranked player in the 2009 class.

The four-star defensive tackle has also visited Ohio State, Nebraska and Arizona State.

Kevin Graf, OL, Agoura (Calif.) Agoura

Graf arrived late on Friday after playing in a basketball game.

The big offensive tackle has been committed to USC since last October, and he's currently rated as the No. 73 player in the Rivals100 and the seventh-rated offensive tackle in the 2009 class.

Bryson Littlejohn, LB, Roseville (Calif.) Sierra C.C.

The JUCO prospect came to USC this past weekend without a scholarship offer, and early, unconfirmed reports are that he left without one.

Littlejohn has offers from Pac-10 programs like Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon.

The 18th-ranked JUCO player in the 2009 class, Littlejohn is looking for early playing time. With four linebackers leaving to graduation, if he gets an offer and commits, he'll get that chance.

Three-star cornerback and Cal commit Vachel Samuels also was on campus for an unofficial visit. He also does not hold a scholarship offer from the Trojans.

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