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Sarkisian flips local CB to USC

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07:36 AM ET 12.12 | New USC coach Steve Sarkisian has earned an early win. [Sarkisian] picked up his first two verbal commitments Wednesday night, when Mater Dei High cornerback Jonathan Lockett and junior-college defensive lineman Claude Pelon pledged to play for the Trojans. Lockett, a four-star recruit listed at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, previously committed to Sarkisian at Washington, but Sarkisian left last week to take the USC job. Pelon, a 6-5, 275-pound tackle from Mesa (Ariz.) Junior College, has two years of eligibility remaining. USC can sign 19 high school players in this recruiting cycle. ... USC has also received commitments from offensive linemen Jordan Austin, Toa Lobendahn, Jordan Poland and Viane Talamaivao, receiver Shay Fields, athlete Ajene Harris, defensive linemen Malik Dorton, Austin Maloata and Olajuwon Tucker and linebacker Uchenna Nwosu.

The Orange County Register

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December 12, 2013  08:07 AM ET

Not sure I'd chalk that one up to a flip.

December 12, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not sure I'd chalk that one up to a flip.

That's what I was thinking.

Like RGIII flipping to Baylor from Houston when Briles changed jobs.

December 12, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Wake me when they land Adoree

December 12, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wake me when they land Adoree

I want to be awakened by the subject of your avi pic.

December 12, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I want to be awakened by the subject of your avi pic.

you can have for $10g's

December 12, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

you can have for $10g's

Punta Pimpo?

December 12, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Punta Pimpo?

Those guvmint workers... anything for a buck! heh heh

December 12, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Those guvmint workers... anything for a buck! heh heh

That's OK...we're paying for it.

December 12, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

you can have for $10g's

You're a pimp with your stable of wh ores. The Other Guys was on late last night. Still funny.

December 12, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That's OK...we're paying for it.

Now thats a free program most would get behind. And under. On top. Well our tax dollars at work.

December 12, 2013  09:49 AM ET

Great hire going forward.

December 12, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not sure I'd chalk that one up to a flip.

me three, rather Sark KEPT him rather than left him there...

December 12, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Sarkisian will land some top recruits, the question is can he coach them??

December 12, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not sure I'd chalk that one up to a flip.

Exactly. According to USCFootball.com, it was the presence of Keith Heyward that brought Lockett, not Sarkisian per se: "It's close to home and they now have my defensive back coach from Washington," said Lockett. "It's big because we have a great relationship." It's a little too early to see moonbeams coming out of Sark's derriere, even for that Orange Co. rag.

December 12, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Sarkisian will land some top recruits, the question is can he coach them??

He did with lesser recruits at his last stop.

December 12, 2013  10:44 AM ET

I still think that USC did itself a disservice in not keeping Coach O.

Does anyone know where he went? I hear Bama might have an opening soon...

December 12, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

He did with lesser recruits at his last stop.

Yeah, but topped out at 8-4 this year. The rest of his record isn't particularly distinguished.

December 12, 2013  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Sarkisian will land some top recruits, the question is can he coach them??

Whats the rumor on him.

December 12, 2013  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Whats the rumor on him.

He turned the Huskies around and pointed them in the right direction and that is not a rumor, that's a fact, but what can Sarks do for USC?? That's another story. :-)

 
December 12, 2013  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wake me when they land Adoree

You are going to sleep for awhile then. Would be shocked if he chooses us.

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