Jeffrey Persi, an offensive tackle from JSerra, committed to Michigan yesterday.
USC was among 27 schools that offered Persi. I’m mentioning because he is a four-star prospect. Not one of the two-or-three stars that committed to USC in the past 10 days.
The homers won’t talk about this, of course. They would rather pat Clay Helton and Tim Drevno on the back for bringing commitments of any kind. Rivals ranks USC’s recruiting class No. 50 right now with 9 commitments. That puts USC right behind Arizona State and West Virginia and just ahead of Cincinnati.
- I’m still astounded that a USC-centric website put a list together of all-time USC safeties and included Taylor Mays, Kevin Ellison and T.J. McDonald but neglected to list Charles Phillips, Artimus Parker or Joey Browner (among others).
Here’s the thing: Parker has 20 interceptions, the most in USC history. Phillips had 13. Lindon Crow had 10 and was captain of the 1954 team. Crow intercepted a Johnny Unitas pass in the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Giants and Baltimore Colts, which has become known as the “Greatest Game Ever Played” and a turning point in making pro football the colossus that it is today.
All of those players are from eras where there was less passing than today. Oh, and freshmen were ineligible when Phillips, Parker and Crow played so they did it in three seasons.
Mays had 5 interceptions. McDonald had 8. In four seasons.