LOS ANGELES, CA – Wednesday was signing day for college football programs across the nation, and in what has become a yearly event, the University of Southern California brought the best haul as far as talent across the board. Two of the more notable signees for Pete Carroll’s latest gold rush were San Diego ’s LaDanian Tomlinson and Chicago ’s Brian Urlacher.
“These two young men are a couple of the finest athletes at their position. We feel very fortunate that they have decided to play football for the University of Southern California” said the always well-spoken Carroll.
In addition to the All-Pros, USC was able to land one of the nation’s best offensive linemen in New Orleans’ Jamaal Brown, as well as finishing strong and getting a late commitment from safety Sean Taylor out of Washington D.C. Also, the Trojans signed some of the top high school players in the country.
When asked why they chose to play football for Southern Cal, both Tomlinson and Urlacher echoed the same sentiment, saying they wanted to go somewhere they knew they would compete against top talent and have an opportunity to win a championship each year.
Despite the stellar recruiting job by Carroll and his staff, USC did miss out on one of the nation’s top QB prospects in Peyton Manning from Indianapolis. Ultimately, Manning elected to stay closer to home and go with a team where he could step in and play immediately and not sit on the bench for 2 or 3 years.