The USC Trojans secured the commitment of running back Aca’Cedric Ware on Monday night, but almost didn’t. The coveted three-star back was a heavy Iowa lean going into his commitment, before the Trojans were able to close and have Ware give his verbal.
According to a [free] report from Scott Schrader of 247Sports, a great deal of credit for the recruiting of Ware goes to USC graduate assistant and assistant running backs coach Luis Nevarez.
Here’s what Ware’s father had to tell Schrader about Nevarez, who is in his first season as a grad assistant after being a walk-on safety for the Trojans.
I don’t think Ced would have committed to USC if it weren’t for [Coach Luis Nevarez] pursuing him so hard. He told us all about what USC offers as far as an academic institution and a football program.
Nevarez allowed the Trojans to swipe Ware from the sharp talons of the Iowa Hawkeyes, and was a big part in the Crystal Ball shift on 247 that took place over the weekend.
Other schools in the mix for Ware were Ohio State and Notre Dame, both of whom had hats in the mix during the Monday night announcement.
Ware himself raved about the benefits of USC to Schrader, saying that academics and weather played a crucial part in his selection process. He plans on studying mechanical engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
With Ware on board, USC now has 13 commitments in the 2015 recruiting class. That leaves a dozen scholarships for the Trojans to play with, with several high-profile targets including Iman Marshall, Rasheem Green, John Houston and another running back, Mike Weber.