For anyone that wondered whether or not USC’s recruiting prowess would suffer when Pete Carroll left the Trojans for Seattle and the NFL, they need not worry. Lane Kiffin and company seem to have picked up where Carroll left things.
Early this morning/late last night (it’s only 5:30 in the morning here, and I’m entering hour number two of recruiting watch, so cut me some slack) USC secured two new pledges: Nickell Robey, a cornerback from Florida who backed out of his commitment to Georgia for the Trojans, and Hayes Pullard, a linebacker that many thought was destined to be a UCLA Bruin.
The Trojans also expect to pull at least four more blue-chippers, from a group that includes linebacker Josh Shirley, safety Sean Parker, wide receiver Markeith Ambles, safety Dietrich Riley, tight end Christian Thomas, and linebacker Glen Stanley.
That doesn’t include the biggest fish of them all, Seantrel Henderson, who I’d be shocked if he doesn’t select USC when he makes his announcement this afternoon in New York City.
It’s clear that Kiffin, and head recruiter Ed Orgeron have been working as hard and “aggressively” as you can in the days since they returned to Los Angeles.
UPDATE (8:51 AM EST) — Add Markeith Ambles officially to the list of committed Trojans, as the Georgia wide receiver chose the Trojans over just about every school in the Southeast.