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USC football: ESPN moves USC to No. 1 in early preseason top 25

USCBased on the way teams fared on national signing day, ESPN has moved USC to No. 1 in its Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25.

Mark Schlabach writes in this report that the Trojans have a "legitimate chance" at competing for the Bowl Championship Series title.

"They better do it this coming season, because the effects of NCAA sanctions and scholarship reductions will start being felt in 2013," Schlabach wrote. "Even with a smaller recruiting class, USC coach Lane Kiffin was able to add some much-needed help with linebacker Jabari Ruffin and receiver Nelson Agholor. The Trojans were one of the country's younger teams this past season, with 10 freshmen and sophomores starting. The Trojans will play six home games and six road games this season, including a Sept. 15 road trip to Stanford and a Nov. 3 home game against Oregon."

Alabama, Louisiana State, Oklahoma and Georgia follow the Trojans in the rankings.

Of course, USC is still seven months from its opener.

The Trojans start spring practice March 6.

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USC linebackers coach Joe Barry reportedly bound for Chargers

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Joe Barry, USC’s linebackers coach for the last two seasons, has reached agreement with the San Diego Chargers to become their linebackers coach, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in this story.

Barry, 41, coached in the NFL for 10 seasons before joining Coach Lane Kiffin’s staff in 2010.

Barry could not be reached for comment. A USC spokesman said Kiffin declined to comment.

USC players, however, posted their thoughts via Twitter.

Linebacker Dion Bailey: "Sad day..I feel like crying..Happy for him though!! Chargers get ready For the best coach ever!!"

Barry’s departure leaves Kiffin with two vacancies on his staff. Willie Mack Garza resigned as defensive backs coach on the eve of the 2011 season.

More later at latimes.com/sports

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Photo: USC linebackers coach Joe Barry. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

National signing day 2012: A look at USC's recruits [video]

 

How do the USC Trojans feel about their 2012 college football recruiting class? CineSport's Brian Clark turns Times USC reporter Gary Klein to discuss their new recruits.

USC, in the first year of scholarship limitations because of NCAA sanctions, put a premium on quality instead of quantity, opting to fill even fewer of their already reduced maximum of 15 when targeted players signed elsewhere.

"We didn't reach," Coach Lane Kiffin said.

Instead, USC actually banked a few scholarships as it heads into a three-year period of being allowed to carry only 75 scholarship players on its roster.

By signing 11 high school players and one junior college transfer who will enroll in the fall, Kiffin can bring in three mid-year enrollees next January in addition to the 15 scholarships he will have in 2013.
Kiffin was cagey in declining to specify how many players are currently on scholarship — "I don't know," he said — but he implied that several players, including defensive lineman Armond Armstead, would not be on the fall roster. He said others, including quarterback Jesse Scroggins, were dealing with academic issues. The Trojans are thought to be at 78 scholarships, three over the number they must be at by fall.

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National signing day 2012: Receiver Darreus Rogers chooses USC

USC-logoDarreus Rogers, a receiver from Carson High who is regarded as one of the top prospects nationally at his position, announced that he had signed a letter of intent with USC.

Rogers, 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, had made a verbal commitment to USC, but reportedly took a recruiting trip to Arizona State and was considering signing with the Sun Devils.

Rogers was the second receiver to sign with the Trojans on Wednesday, joining Nelson Agholor of Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep.

Rogers and Agholor join a USC receiving corps that includes All-American Robert Woods, freshman All-American Marqise Lee and George Farmer, all of whom played at Gardena Serra High. Junior De'Von Flournoy and redshirt freshman Victor Blackwell also will be competing for playing time when the Trojans begin spring practice next month.

More later at latimes.com/sports.

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National signing day 2012: Kyle Murphy chooses Stanford

FabforumKyle Murphy, an offensive lineman from San Clemente High, announced Wednesday that he would sign a letter of intent with Stanford, according to reports.

Murphy, 6 feet 7 inches and 275 pounds, had reportedly narrowed his finalists to Stanford and USC.

USC signed offensive linemen Max Tuerk of Santa Margarita, Jordan Simmons of Encino Crespi and Zach Banner of Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes High.

The Trojans also had pursued Arizona offensive lineman Andrus Peat, who announced Wednesday that he would attend Stanford. 

USC is now awaiting word from Carson receiver Darreus Rogers, who committed to USC but is now said to be choosing between the Trojans and Arizona State.

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National signing day 2012: USC lands Jabari Ruffin, Kevon Seymour

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USC announced Wednesday that linebacker Jabari Ruffin and defensive back Kevon Seymour had signed letters of intent, joining a recruiting class that will be short on numbers but not talent.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Ruffin, from Downey High, joins a linebacker corps that features three returning starters in Dion Bailey, Hayes Pullard and Lamar Dawson.

Seymour, 6-feet and 170 pounds, is a multiple threat. The Pasadena Muir standout joins a secondary that includes Nickell Robey, who is entrenched at one cornerback spot, and Torin Harris and Anthony Brown, both of whom suffered season-ending injuries in 2011.

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National signing day 2012: USC lands Cope-Fitzpatrick and Pinner

USCUSC announced Wednesday that tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and running back Jahleel Pinner have signed national letters of intent with the Trojans.

Both players had verbally committed to the Trojans.

Cope-Fitzpatrick, 6-feet-5 and 265 pounds, is from Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney High. He joins a tight end corps that includes sophomores Xavier Grimble, Randall Telfer and Christian Thomas and redshirt freshman Junior Pomee.

The 5-11, 225-pound Pinner is from Mission Viejo High. He is expected to play fullback.

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National signing day 2012: DB Devian Shelton signs with USC

USCDevian Shelton, a defensive back from Inglewood High, signed a national letter intent Wednesday with USC.

But Shelton sure had people guessing what school he'd end up with.

"I think he broke the record for most commitments in a given football season," B2G founder Ron Allen said.

At one point, Shelton had been publicly committed to Arizona and Oregon State. He also liked Washington, Nebraska and SMU.

But when USC offered him on Monday, that put an end to any confusion.

Inglewood receiver Derrick Woods signed with Oklahoma.

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National signing day 2012: Receiver Nelson Agholor chooses USC

USCUSC continued to mine Florida for top talent Monday with receiver Nelson Agholor announcing that he would join the Trojans.

Earlier Monday, defensive lineman Leonard Williams of Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla., announced that he would sign with USC.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Agholor starred at Tampa Berkeley Prep. He reportedly chose USC over Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

Agholor joins a Trojans receiving corps that includes All-American Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and George Farmer.

USC Coach Lane Kiffin can sign a maximum of 15 players.

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National signing day 2012: Leonard Williams picks USC

USCLeonard Williams, a defensive lineman from Daytona Beach, Fla., announced Wednesday that he would sign a national letter of intent with USC, according to several reports.

That's good news for the Trojans, who lost commit Pio Vatuvei to Washington.

Williams, 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, could help a defensive line that lost three starters in end Nick Perry and tackles DeJohn Harris and Christian Tupou.

The Trojans are still awaiting word on a decision from another Floridian: receiver Nelson Agholor.

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National signing day 2012: USC loses Pio Vatuvei to Washington

USCUSC is expected to have an elite class by the time national signing day 2012 is over, but the Trojans lost at least one player who had verbally committed when Washington announced that defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei had accepted a scholarship offer from the Huskies.

Vatuvei, 6-foot-3 and 272 pounds, attends Patterson High in Patterson, Calif.

USC, which is in the first year of scholarship limitations, was concentrating on signing offensive and defensive linemen.

The Trojans are awaiting word on players such as defensive lineman Leonard Williams from Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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