Earlier today top prep safety Jawanza Starling out of Florida declared his intentions to go to USC. The only problem is he hasn't faxed in his letter of intention to Pete Carroll so nothing is official and right now he is seriously pondering going to Notre Dame. In fact if you go check out the comments on the players in the 2009 class for USC there is no mention of Starling.
From what I am hearing is Starling had narrowed his choices down to USC and Notre Dame today. He decided to announce USC but apparently is having second thoughts and the Fighting Irish are very much in his thoughts. The Notre Dame coaches are considering him fair game so they are still actively recruiting him. He has apparently struck up a pretty close bond to current ND defensive coordinator Corwin Brown also.
Landing Starling and stealing him from USC would be huge. Notre Dame is thin at depth at the safety position and don't even have one in the class they signed today. USC already has 3 signed safeties in their 2009 class and a pretty good amount of depth because they are USC. They have an insane amount of talented depth at every position in fact.
So where will Starling end up? South Bend or South Central? I guess we will just have to wait and see.
UPDATE: South Central wins, Starling faxed in his signed letter of intent this morning to USC after mulling over his decision. Good luck to him.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
"I thought about it deeply and hard, and it fits everything I'm looking for in a school from academics to playing time," Martin said. " I feel like ND is the appropriate place for me to go."
Martin is just a junior this season but is already considered one of the elite outside linebackers/defensive ends in the 2010 class. The kid has top 10 overall prospect potential for his class and to pull him out of California is huge considering he was USC's top target for the 2010 class. Martin was first team all-state this past season after recording 115 tackles including an astonishing 40 tackles for loss. He has received offers from all the big schools including LSU, Georgia and Nebraska among many others.
Bringing in Manti Te'o and Chris Martin in the same day is simply incredible. Te'o has a great shot of starting next year at outside linebacker in South Bend and Martin has the frame (6 '4 and 225 lbs) to fill out to be a great defensive end. Stealing both these guys from USC bodes well to a program on the rise with almost all of their key starters back next season.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 1:03 PM
The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a huge signing today when one of the best receivers in the nation, Marlon Brown, decided to catch balls in Athens. Team him up with last year's freshman sensation A.J. Green and you have a great receiving tandem for at least the next two seasons for Joe Cox and/or freshman QB Aaron Murray to throw bombs to.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 12:49 PM
In my opinion LB Jelani Jenkins is the best player in this class. He has speed, size, and he loves to destroy the opposition. Urban Meyer got a great one in Jenkins who should be in the two deep next season in Gainesville. It's refreshing to hear a kid who is well spoken and congratulates and acknowledges all the schools who recruited him instead of pissing on them on a national stage. Get ready to hear a lot about Jelani as the SEC conference again gets another spectacular player...
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 8:11 AM
One of Atlanta's own in safety Darren Myles Jr. has decided to leave the comforts of peaches and peanuts for Dollywood. SEC fans should be on the look out for Lane Kiffin and his posse of recruit stealers. Kiffin apparently knows how to close in the same sense as Pete Carroll when it comes to recruits. Florida and UGA fans sweat while shaking their heads...
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 7:56 AM
One of the top defensive linemen in the country, Sam Montgomery, has decided to go to LSU where he will play his next 3 seasons before being a first round draft pick. He will get bigger, stronger, and faster in Baton Rouge in a class that is more than likely going to have the best class in the nation when all is said and done. The running theme of the day is "the rich get richer!"
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 7:41 AM
WR Alshon Jeffrey decided to go to the shitty USC in Columbia and renegade on his long standing commitment to hookers and blow in LA. Jeffrey is one of the top wide receivers in the nation and should major in mediocrity in the SEC. I'm happy the Trojans and Pete Carroll lost one here but I do think it is shitty to switch your commitment the day of signing day. It's not like you just wake up from a dream of naked Southern Cal chicks and say "I love Cock!" At least I hope not.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 7:31 AM
Talk about an incredibly lame declaration on ESPNU, safety Byron Moore decided to go back to USC by tossing Colorado and Notre Dame hats on the ground. Fight on. Cheat on. Whatever you want to call it but there is no doubt that the stinking Trojans got a really good player in Moore. It seems Moore was more confused than a kid seeing his first pubic hair at the press conference.
HOOKERS AND BLOW MY FRIENDS. FIGHT ON!
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 7:14 AM