Pipelines key to USC's success
Erik McKinney
20 de September de 2011, 1:06 PM
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LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans have found considerable success throughout their history in recruiting from coast to coast, pulling players out of just about every state. But establishing a recruiting base close to home has allowed them to constantly stock their roster with some of California's top talent. WeAreSC takes a look at the top high schools with which USC has been able to establish pipelines through the years and those that have sent the most consistent and best talent to Troy.
Anaheim Servite
S Steve Fate, LB Chris Galippo, DE Darren Gallaway, OT Matt Kalil, C Ryan Kalil, OG Joe McGuire, FB D.J. Shoemate
After several down seasons to begin the decade, coach Troy Thomas took over before the 2005 season and immediately brought the Friars back to prominence. Thomas has a 62-15 record at Servite and is producing FBS talent every year. The Trojans missed out on Notre Dame OT/DE Troy Niklas last season, while LB Butch Pauu (BYU commit) and OT Travis Averell (Boise State commit) likely won't receive USC offers. But the Trojans will always be a presence at Servite and have found success there through the past decade, grabbing the Kalil brothers as well as Galippo, who anchors the USC defense at middle linebacker. Looking ahead, sophomore Andrew Moore is already making noise and could be one to watch for the class of 2014.
Gardena Serra
TE Joe Cormier, WR George Farmer, DT DaJohn Harris, CB Jerald Henry, S Darnell Lacy, WR Marqise Lee, CB Kris Richard, WR Robert Woods
Serra would make this list solely based on the trio of receivers it has sent to USC in the past two recruiting classes. Woods has a chance to leave his name all over the Trojans' record books, and Lee and Farmer should become known across the country before their careers are finished.
La Puente Bishop Amat
LB Ron Brown, RB Scott Fields, QB Pat Haden, WR John Jackson, CB Daylon McCutcheon, QB Paul McDonald, S Jason Leach, WR J.K. McKay, S Stephon Pace, RB Mazio Royster, RB Rodney Sermons, WR Randy Tanner, LB Adrian Young
Several years have gone by since USC dipped into Bishop Amat for football talent, but the school makes its presence felt along the Trojans sidelines every Saturday, as athletic director Haden, associate athletic director McKay, ESPN 710-AM color analyst McDonald and ESPN 710 sideline reporter Jackson are regulars. The USC baseball team will receive a boost next year from talented two-sport standout Rio Ruiz, who stars for the Amat football team.
Long Beach Poly
RB Roy "Bullet" Baker, S Darnell Bing, RB Willie Brown, S Mark Carrier, DT Jurrell Casey, RB Hershel Dennis, QB Morley Drury, S DeShaun Hill, OT Winston Justice, WR Kareem Kelly, WR Earl McCullouch, LB Willie McGinest, WR Hank Norman, WR Travon Patterson, LB Mike Pollard , CB Darrell Rideaux, LB Brian Tuliau, DT Charles Ussery, DT Manuel Wright
Arguably the most prolific pipeline in USC history, the names from Long Beach Poly are tough to top. Dating from Baker to four of the Poly 5 (Bing, Dennis, Justice, Wright), the Trojans have been blessed to pull virtually every top player from a school that ranks historically as perhaps the top high school football program in the nation. In fact, the connection between Poly and USC is so strong, it's a surprise when a top player decides to go elsewhere, as was the case with DeSean Jackson (Cal). This year, five Jackrabbits already have committed to Arizona State, but none hold an offer from the Trojans. As the Sun Devils look to establish their own link with the school, USC's foothold there could be tested with star junior safety David Price.
Los Angeles Dorsey
RB Don Buford, WR Keyshawn Johnson, RB Stafon Johnson, RB Jack Kirby, WR Chris Miller, FB Warren Stephenson, CB Rod Williams
While Dorsey hasn't produced the sheer number of recruits as some of the other schools on this list, it remains an important link to USC. Literally down the street from the university, many Dons stars grow up in the shadow of the Coliseum as Trojans fans. Former USC tailback Stafon Johnson was the first Dorsey standout to head to USC in several seasons, but the Trojans will look to add another in wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, who has committed to USC for the 2012 class.
Mission Viejo
LB Collin Ashton, DT Matt Keneley, LB Tre Madden, OT Drew Radovich, LB-FB Ryan Powdrell, QB Mark Sanchez
The connection to Mission Viejo has been more evident in recent years and is highlighted by former quarterback Mark Sanchez. Coach Bob Johnson runs one of the best programs in the state and the Trojans could be looking to Mission Viejo often in the coming years. After bringing in linebacker Tre Madden last year, USC received a verbal commitment from fullback Jahleel Pinner in the upcoming class and could be looking at junior safety standout Max Redfield.
Pasadena Muir
QB William Anderson, RB Ricky Ervins, NT Clint Hampton, CB Ken Haslip, DE Elic Mahone, RB Sultan McCullough, FB William Sangster, RB Rod Sherman
Though it sits in the backyard of the Rose Bowl -- which crosstown rival UCLA calls home -- USC has a long history of success at Muir. Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu developed a strong connection with former tailback McCullough during his stint at USC, and Polamalu will look to continue the Muir bond as he recruits cornerback Kevon Seymour.
San Fernando
C Nathan Barragar, RB Anthony Davis, RB Anthony Gibson, OG Allan Graf, FB Bob McLanahan, S Kenney Moore, WR Malcolm Moore, FB Manfred Moore, RB Charles White, WR Kevin Williams, QB Ray Woods
The top three players from San Fernando -- White, Davis, Graf -- could line up with any three names from any school on this list. While the Trojans haven't found much from San Fernando in recent years, the connection in the past is a big reason USC can boast such a successful history.
Santa Ana Mater Dei
LB Marv Bain, QB Matt Barkley, WR Robbie Boyer, WR Victor Blackwell, SNP Will Collins, LB David Gibson, LB Matt Grootegoed, C Khaled Holmes, DT Gary Magner, QB Matt Leinart, WR Mike Morgan, DE Joe Obbema, QB Toby Page, DT Steve Pultorak, WR Bruce Rollinson, FB Kennedy Polamalu, DT Jason Uhl, OG Lenny Vandermade, QB Max Wittek
If Long Beach Poly is No. 1-a in terms of important pipelines, Mater Dei is a comfortable No. 1-b, and pushing to go higher. With five players on the USC roster, it owns the most recent connections to the Trojans. Mater Dei also has become a breeding ground for USC quarterbacks, as Leinart, Barkley and Wittek all prepped there. The Trojans also used Grootegoed and Vandermade to help turn around their program after a disappointing end to the 1990s. Polamalu again shows up as a strong connection between USC and a local high school program. Rollinson is now the head coach at Mater Dei and leads one of the most stable programs in the country. Though they are off to a slow start this season, the Monarchs will build around junior receiver...
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