There weren’t any celebrities on the USC sidelines on Saturday night but plenty of stars came out to the Coliseum to watch the Trojans in the home opener.
Greg Townsend Jr., DeAnthony Thomas, George Farmer, Antwaun Woods, Corey Waller, Max Wittek, Victor Blackwell, Charles Burks and Jordan Payton were among the recruits in attendance for the first home game of the Lane Kiffin era.
“Everyone still loves USC and loves the staff and what they are doing,” Trojan 2012 commit Jordan Payton said. “All of the recruits are loving the way that they are doing things.”
Sitting among the 81, 375 USC fans at the Coliseum, Payton and the other prospects on hand were impressed by the energy inside the stadium.
George Farmer was among the recruits at the USC – UVA game.
“The atmosphere was great. I loved it,” Payton said. “It’s always great at the Coliseum, and I had a good time watching USC win, and hanging out with the recruits.”
Antwaun Woods added: “I was excited to be back at a USC game. I was excited to see how the new coaching staff was going to be.”
The Taft standout was also interested in seeing USC’s defense in person.
“Jurrell Casey played real good,” Woods said. “When I come to the games and practices I always watch him because he is supposed to go pro, so I always make sure that I watch him.”
Stanford running back commit Amir Carlisle was in town for the weekend, taking an official visit to USC.
“It was amazing. It was mind blowing actually,” Carlisle said. “I have never been to a game where the fans were so loud, and the tailgating beforehand just showed how loyal the fans were. The Trojan Walk, it was mind blowing, it was great.”
The versatile back, who was hosted by Kyle Prater and Armond Armstead while in Los Angeles, said the trip exceeded all expectations and gave him a lot to think about.
“I had a great time. I got to learn a lot about the school from the academic side of it to the football side to the traditions of the school,” Carlisle said. “It was an overall great time.
“I would say three highlights were: learning more about my major (Drama), the atmosphere and the tradition of USC.”
Pulling out a 17-14 victory may not be what head coach Lane Kiffin had envisioned, but attracting several uncommitted recruits like George Farmer, Greg Townsend Jr., and Charles Burks shows there is still plenty of star power at USC.
“It was sweet,” Burks said of his experience at the Coliseum.
Jordan Payton, Victor Blackwell and DeAnthony Thomas all made it to USC's home opener.
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