June 15, 2010

Recruiting Op: Fighting On

Apparently, Trojans can "Fight On" with one arm tied behind their backs. That's what Sunday's verbal commitment of Marcus Martin amounts to. Martin isn't the highest rated prospect nationally, but his pledge to the Trojans displayed the undeniable power of USC.

That power is often perceived as prestige; with numerous glass trophy cases placed upon the lobby floor like chess pieces. But in this era of Trojan football, power is produced by the people running a football program under assault.

This isn't a foreign concept in Heritage Hall. The year before USC won its first national championship under Pete Carroll, the Trojans were turned in for committing 32 recruiting violations. The year after, USC was accused of committing more than 150.

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