December 27, 2010

Trojan All-Star Targets II

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has played host to a number of great moments for USC.

Several Trojans have used the stage to announce their decision to join the program. And others have turned in big performances in the game to end their prep careers on a high note.

Here's a look at some of the USC targets that will be part of this year's game, which will be aired on NBC on Jan. 8 at 9:00 a.m. PT.

Bennettsville (South Carolina) linebacker Lateek Townsend: USC doesn't have very many targets on the East squad, but keep an eye on Townsend. The linebacker visited USC in October. Townsend could be hard to pull from the other USC, though. The in-state Gamecocks are seen as the favorite to land Townsend.

Santa Ana (Calif.) wide receiver Victor Blackwell: USC fans are already familiar with the longtime commitment Blackwell. But San Antonio could prove to be a good test for Blackwell's college readiness. His big play potential should be evident.

Gardena (Calif.) wide receiver George Farmer: Farmer might get a handful of chances to line up with Blackwell. The West is loaded with talented receivers, but Farmer might be the best. Expect plenty of fireworks from the West's passing game.

Bakersfield (Calif.) quarterback Cody Kessler: Kessler completes the look of USC's offense of the future. As the highest rated quarterback on the squad, Kessler might see playing time early and often. He'll have plenty of talent to work with, but he'll have to adjust to the setting and new teammates like any other player.

Danville (Kent.) linebacker Lamar Dawson: Dawson won't be announcing his decision in San Antonio, but USC fans will likely keep a close eye on him. The linebacker is one of USC's top remaining targets and a key out-of-state defensive prospect. He will visit USC a week after the game. He has already taken official visits to Oregon and Kentucky, with visits to Tennessee and Michigan still to come.

South Jordan (Utah) athlete Harvey Langi: Langi is scheduled to put an end to the speculation by announcing his decision at the game. The athlete has played his recruitment close to the vest, so declaring a favorite is a difficult task. But beating Utah could be hard for USC. If Langi decides on the Trojans, he would give USC the tough but versatile ball carrier that it needs in this class.

Hillsboro (Ore.) athlete Colt Lyerla: Wherever Lyerla ends up, he'll be one of the Pac-10's best incoming freshmen. USC's competition is Cal and Oregon. The Ducks could be a powerful foe, but they are recruiting Lyerla to play at tight end. The Trojans are projecting Lyerla to play linebacker, where he is expected to play in San Antonio

Mission Viejo (Calif.) linebacker Tre Madden: USC may still be waiting to hear from a few linebackers in this game, but the Trojans are happy to have one already in the fold. Madden's big senior season set him up for a good start to his collegiate career. Already known in California, he can make an even bigger name for himself on a national stage in this game.

Sacramento (Calif.) defensive tackle Viliami Moala: Moala was an integral part of Grant's tenacious defense, though his season ended in disappointment. The four-star defensive tackle would be a big addition in the middle of USC's line. But Moala would surprise the recruiting world if he declared for anyone but Cal.

Portland (Ore.) defensive end Brennan Scarlett: Lyerla isn't the only Oregon defender to keep an eye on during the All-American Bowl. Scarlett would give USC a strong presence off the edge. The four-star prospect has already visited USC, but he hasn't said much about his recruitment or his favorites.

Crenshaw (Calif.) athlete De'Anthony Thomas: The long, illustrious prep career of Thomas finally comes to a close. "Black Mamba" leaves a legacy rivaling that of any other recent California product. Listed as the only true athlete on the West's roster, Thomas will provide intrigue whether playing running back or defensive back.

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