June 2, 2006

Evaluation at an End

The May evaluation period has officially ended, but in a month where USC offered scholarships to prospects in 10 different states, the Trojans bolstered their reputation as being a national recruiting power.

Crisscrossing the United States in search of future NFL First-Round Draft Picks, the Trojans received four verbal commitments closer to home.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite athlete D.J. Shoemate surprised many Trojan fans by becoming the first sophomore to ever commit to USC. Projected as a running back in high school, the 6-foot, 207-pound all-league standout could easily grow into a linebacker by the time he graduates.

Shoemate shared his commitment date with Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison offensive tackle Martin Coleman. In fact, after visiting Servite, Head coach Pete Carroll made the trip west to watch Coleman workout in person. At 6-foot-6, 285-pounds, Coleman dazzled onlookers with his quickness and agility. Just hours later, Coleman became USC's third commitment in the class of 2007.

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