USC, figured to have potentially a top-three national football recruiting class, is off to a good start Wednesday, picking off Scout.com’s No. 2-rated (and already committed) running back in Ronald Jones of McKinney, Texas. The Trojans also announced linebacker Osa Masina of Salt Lake City, expected to be one of two future Trojans from that state, along with defensive end Porter Gustin.
Have to say this: USC is quicker on the draw with coaching comments than I’ve witnessed; with each signing announced — and they’ve announced nine as of 7:50 a.m. — they’ve got quotes from Steve Sarkisian. He says Jones is an “electric back” and Masina is “a fantastic linebacker prospect.”
UCLA one-upped USC — at least in the precarious rankings business — for the No. 1 running back in the country in Sosa Jamabo of Plano, Texas, (beating Texas) and the Bruins also won a battle against Michigan for tight end Chris Clark of Avon, Conn. As expected, UCLA also took Keisean Lucier-South, a linebacker prospect from Orange, Calif., who won some five-star ratings.
We’ll have more blog updates today, and check our website for more detailed coverage of both Washington and Washington State’s recruits.