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How Solid Is That Verbal?

by Greg Katz:

LOS ANGELES — Earlier this week, the long recruiting arm of Steve Sarkisian and the USC Trojans coaching staff reached into the Deep South and came away with a prized verbal from Josh Imatorbhebhe, a talented wide receiver from North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Georgia.

Imatorbhebhe’s impressive video announcement comes on the heels of another recent announcement, a declaration to the Trojans by Alabama wide receiver Velus Jones from Saraland High.

The euphoria of the Imatorbhebhe (photo above) and Jones verbals have somewhat helped soothe the decommitment of defensive end Isaac Garcia (Bellevue, Wash.) who decided to reopen his recruiting after making a pledge to the Trojans in September.

Despite the apparent loss of Garcia, the two new verbal additions to the Trojans’ Class of 2016 have been good enough for the Cardinal and Gold to ascend up two spots to No. 7 in ESPN’s latest recruiting class rankings.

So what should a Trojans recruiting fan believe when it comes to these early declarations?

Click here to read the full story at the ESPN USC blog

Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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