Two players commit to USC during Army All-American Bowl

Crespi's Marvel Tell carries the ball on a fake field-goal attempt during a 48-20 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Oct. 17, 2014.
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Defensive backs Ykili Ross and Marvell Tell announced commitments to USC during the Army All-American Bowl, a high school All-Star game, Saturday at the Alamodome.

One sounded as if he planned to stay a Trojan longer than the other.

“For the next three years, I will be attending the University of Southern California,” said Ross, of Riverside Poly High. Of his NFL aspirations, he added, “I’m trying to go to the league as fast as I can.”

Ross made official visits to Notre Dame and USC and said he would still visit Arizona State and Oregon.


Tell, from Encino Crespi, said he felt “like I fit for the next four years” at USC. “We’re going to bring that national championship back,” he said.

If all the players who have committed to the Trojans stick by their word, USC would have only three more scholarships to give in its 2015 recruiting class.

High school seniors can sign national letters of intent beginning Feb. 4.

Ross and Tell were members of the West team, which was guided by Gardena Serra Coach Scott Altenberg and beat the East, 39-36.


Jim Mora gets support

Keisean Lucier-South, a UCLA commit, didn’t watch the Bruins’ Alamo Bowl victory over Kansas State on Friday night, but he heard about the postgame handshake exchange between UCLA Coach Jim Mora and Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder.

Mora barely shook Snyder’s hand after a Wildcats player launched over the line during the final play of the game with UCLA already set up for quarterback Brett Hundley to take a knee.

“I will defend the safety of my players … forever,” Mora wrote on Twitter after the game.


Lucier-South favored the tweet and said: “He’s a player’s coach and that’s what I love about him. I think he’s unique like that.”

Lucier-South, a defensive lineman from Orange Lutheran, made official visits to Oklahoma, Oregon and Michigan, but said he was still “100% UCLA,” where he plans to officially visit in January.

Lucier-South had three tackles in the first half, but was sidelined in the second because of a “stinger” in his neck, he said.

Stanley Norman to the desert


Stanley Norman, a Gardena Serra defensive back, did not play because he is recovering from knee surgery. But Norman took the spotlight when he pulled off his Army jersey to reveal an Arizona State jersey with his nickname “Scrappy” on the back.

“It wasn’t really a hard decision,” Norman said of his commitment to the Sun Devils.

Travis Waller lights it up

Oregon commit Travis Waller watched the Ducks defeat Florida State, 59-20, in the Rose Bowl on Thursday, then took a page from Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota’s book.


The Anaheim Servite quarterback had 39 yards in four carries and completed a 92-yard touchdown pass play.

Waller will enroll at Oregon this month and said he would “just have to compete” to win the starting job.

“Playbook, playbook, playbook,” he said.

Quick hits


Newhall Hart quarterback Brady White, an Arizona State commit, completed six of eight passes for 70 yards and a touchdown for the West. ... USC commit Ricky Town, from Ventura St. Bonaventure, completed two of three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, with an interception, for the West. ... USC commit Sam Darnold, from San Clemente, completed six of seven passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, with an interception, for the East. ... UCLA commit Alize Jones, a tight end from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, was sidelined because of an ankle injury.