USC hosted a reported 21 recruits for official visits over the weekend, quite the large number for a crucial weekend just two-plus weeks from National Signing Day.
It's already paid dividends for the Trojans.
USC received its second verbal commit since the weekend Monday, with speedy middle linebacker Anthony Sarao (Absecon, N.J./Holy Spirit). Running back Amir Carlisle (Sunnyvale, Calif./Kings Academy) announced his commitment a day earlier.
Both players are consensus four-star prospects and both players, interestingly, were former Stanford commits. Of course, the Cardinal's recruiting class was heavily affected when coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio departed for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.
Linebacker is a position of need for the Trojans for the 2011 season, so Sarao's commitment is a big one. Some recruiting services have him projected as an outside linebacker and some as a middle linebacker, but he will probably need to gain some significant weight and strength to get playing time as a true freshman. Carlisle is known as a shifty back with great pass-catching skills out of the backfield.