Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Today was the day when high school football players from around the country signed their letters of intent. For the USC faithful it was another big day as USC ended up with the top recruiting class according to ESPN, once again. It was something like the fourth year in a row USC has been the number one or number two recruiting class in the country. While USC did not land the most players they did land the top recruits in the country. In fact, according to ESPN they landed the top three players in the country and eight of their recruits are ranked in the top five at their position. Normally I am not particular fond of the rich getting richer but when it comes to football I am willing to make an exception. USC is already the preseason favorite to win next year and today's signings will only solidify their top position. Two of their top recruits are running backs so USC's offense should be at the top of it's game for the next two or three years especially with quarterback John Booty returning and two of the top wide receivers in last years recruiting class waiting in the wings. USC is now so loaded that even if some of their top players go down they will be replaced by other great players who are just waiting for their opportunity. Talent alone doesn't win championships but it is pretty dog gone difficult to win a national championship these days without a stable of great athletes. Some other schools that ranked in the top five include Florida, Texas, South Carolina, and Tennessee. South Carolina was a big surprise but I guess Steve Spurrier is working his recruitment magic these days. Tennessee is also somewhat a surprise to me. I know Tennessee has a lot of tradition and an incredible stadium but they generally end up underachieving most years and why go to Tennessee when you can come to a place like sunny California where it is in the sixties and seventies much of the winter while much of the rest of the country is shoveling snow and trying to keep warm. Heck, around my neck of the woods it's time to break out the shorts. It's been in the seventies a couple of times this week....Back to football....Although football season is now over I can at least feel comforted by the fact that my team will enter next season with some very high hopes and expectations. Nothing is guaranteed and I suspect a bump in the road here and there but when you're team is as loaded as USC it makes watching football a lot of fun and fun is what sports is supposed to be all about. Nothing more, nothing less....

2 comments:

Dave said...

The big news around here was that the Trojans snagged probably the best player in Michigan - Ronald Johnson a.k.a. RoJo who played for Muskegon (a bit northwest of here on the lakeshore) and led his team to two state titles, in 2004 and 2006. It was a disappointment to see him head west when U of M and MSU could have used his talent. But apparently he's aiming for bigger and better things than what the Wolverines and Spartans have to offer!

Bilbo said...

I wonder if the recent arctic blast had anything to do with his decision to come west. Kind of hard to practice year round in such conditions....seriously, I think Michigans loss to USC in the Rose Bowl, and the way they lost, really hurt their recruiting this year. It will be interesting to see how Johnson fits in, because USC already have two big time prospects ahead of him but they did need a smaller, faster reciever and Johnson apparently fits the bill...