Monday, December 13, 2010
Football: Recruiting update
By Pedro Moura
Gardena Serra receiver George Farmer's much-publicized commitment to USC on Friday was only the first Trojan recruiting coup over the weekend.
After Farmer, defensive back Isiah Wiley (West Monroe, La./Arizona Western College), fullback/defensive lineman J.R. Tavai (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) and offensive tackle David Garness (Anchorage, Ak./City College of San Francisco) all verbally committed to the Trojans over the next three days, according to various reports.
Wiley and Garness are both expected to enroll at USC in January, and Wiley in particular could end up seeing significant playing time in the secondary next season as a versatile and fairly tall option to play either corner or safety. Wiley committed to Alabama out of high school but didn't qualify. He had previously committed to Arkansas this recruiting season. Garness walked on at Hawaii in 2008 before transferring to a JC.
Tavai was named the CIF Western Division Player of the Year this year at Mira Costa as a dual-threat running back and nose guard, but he seems like as good an option as any to compete to start at fullback next year in Stanley Havili's absence. He reportedly plans to enroll at USC in the fall.
Other players who could announce their college choices in the coming days include offensive lineman Aaron Douglas of Arizona Western College, the same school as Wiley. Douglas started for a year at right tackle at Tennessee before announcing plans to transfer in March.