USC Morning Briefing: Edoga Commits, Wittek Eyes Texas and Other Bullets

Nov 9, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Max Wittek (13) prepares for the snap against the California Golden Bears during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. The USC Trojans defeated the California Golden Bears 62-28. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Three & Out:

  1. Big Time Recruit From SEC Country: Steve Sarkisian finished the 2013-14 recruiting cycle by landing some big in-state recruits. Now he’s started the 2014-15 recruiting cycle with a big out-of-state recruit in Chuma Edoga out of Powder Springs, Georgia. A five-star offensive guard, Edoga signals the start of one of Sarkisian’s biggest ambitions going forward — rebuilding USC’s power game. After all, if the Trojans are to thrive in an offense which Sarkisian describes as a “power run game” then they’ll need a more physical presence in the offensive trenches.
  2. Keyshawn’s Arrest: Keyshawn Johnson was arrested early Monday morning after a domestic dispute at his Calabasas home. Details are still emerging about the incident, but the former Trojan receiver released a statement apologizing to his friends, family and fans, while maintaining his innocence: “I did not hit, grab or strike Jennifer [Johnson’s ex-girlfriend], nor would I ever touch her or any woman in anger.”
    It is never good to see Trojans in the news for situations like this, but for now there’s nothing to do but wait and see what comes of any potential charges.
  3. The Eyes of Texas Are On Wittek: Max Wittek doesn’t have to decide on his transfer destination until after he graduates in May. All the indications are, however, that he is well on his way to becoming a longhorn. Wittek has made three trips to Texas since announcing his intention to transfer, the latest coming Saturday for the spring game. If he chooses to join Charlie Strong’s squad, he’ll still have plenty competition to deal with, but a deciding factor could be David Ash’s broken foot, which opens the door considerably for a competition between Wittek, Tyrone Swoopes and incoming freshman Jerrod Heard.

They said it:

“To be a good team we can’t have a third of our squad on the sidelines with injuries like we had today. We didn’t have any serious injuries during the practice so that was good news. We’ve just got to make sure we’re healthy when the season rolls around, because that’s when it’s really important.”

— Sarkisian, on offensive efficiency and injuries.

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