Notebook: USC represented at Army Bowl

Nico Falah

USC was well represented at this year's Army All-American Bowl with 13 future Trojans flashing the "Fight On."

Dominating the lineup
13 future Trojans made their way to San Antonio this week to play in the Army All-American game and would you believe nine of them made it into the starting lineup.

That nine is three more than any other school even had at the game. Both Notre Dame and Texas were represented with seven recruits each on the roster.

Starting for the West team was quarterback Max Browne, receiver Steven Mitchell, left tackle Nico Falah, tailback Justin Davis, defensive end Torrodney Prevot, and cornerback Chris Hawkins.

On the East team USC was represented by starting defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow cornerback Jalen Ramsey, and left guard Khaliel Rodgers.

Michael Hutchings saw time as a reserve for the West, Khaliel Rodgers and Jason Hatcher were reserves for the East.

Su'a Cravens and Kylie Fitts were unable to participate due to injuries.

Big hit Bigelow
Okay, so it might not have been a booming hit, but it was a sack. East team defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow started the Army Bowl off with a USC connection as he blasted through the West's offensive line to take down his future quarterback Max Browne.

Bigelow said after the game even he was surprised to find Browne on the first play and of course used caution when taking him down.

Rodgers gets feisty
If you think the USC offensive line needs a little kick added to it, you're going to love the addition of Khaliel Rodgers.

Though you might not be fond of the thought of more personal fouls, Rodgers will bring a toughness with him not often seen.

He's undersize but certainly doesn't lack the strength to make a dominating impact on the line and he's not afraid to be the one who makes the action to get his teammates fired up.

By the way, he did pick up a personal foul on a late hit that was just salty.

Vanderdoes settles false-report
Former USC-commit Eddie Vanderdoes made it clear following the game he has not re-committed to the Trojans, despite a report.

"No, that is not true at all," Vanderdoes said. "I have not recommitted, whoever started that rumor, it's not true. I have not at all. I haven't even mentioned about that."

Vanderdoes is considering USC, UCLA, Washington, Notre Dame, and Alabama.

"I'm still even right now. I've hung out with them, but I've been hanging out with a lot of the southern kids, too. I kind of move around and hangout with everybody."

Numbers report
How about some stats…

Max Browne started the game for the West, after a slow start he finished 4-of-7 for 52 yards, including a touchdown. He almost completed a few long throws but they fell incomplete. Couldn't help but to think that if it were Marqise Lee as his target the overthrows would have been catches and an easy six points.

Browne did have a tough time avoiding sacks today, he was taken down three times.

Receiver Steven Mitchell led the West with three catches for 20-yards. He displayed his ability to create separation and was even a little Marqise Lee-esque after the catch on one of his plays, avoiding a tackle and juking his next defender before being taken down.

Future Trojan tailback Justin Davis tallied three carries for 13 yards, including a 10-yard long.

No defensive statistics were available, but count the sack for Bigelow, at least a tackle for Chris Hawkins… and credit Hawkins and Jalen Ramsey for breaking up a would-be touchdown each.

Quick Hits
USC receiver Robert Woods, who has declared for the NFL draft, was listed in the media guide as a "Notable college alumni" of the Army All-American Game…Kylie Fitts says he re-aggravated the wrist he injured earlier this season, but says it's not serious…Quarterback Max Browne was named the Army Player of the Year…Upland (Calif.) defensive end Joe Mathis, who was considering USC, committed to Washington.

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