Football: Lee favors USC

Four-star safety Marqise Lee of Gardena told ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins that USC is his leader after taking his official visit there over the weekend.

Cal is a finalist for Lee, who will take one last trip to Miami this weekend. Lee’s high school teammate, linebacker Jason Gibson, has already given an oral commitment to Cal. But based on his rhetoric right now, it looks likeĀ  USC is clearly the favorite at this point.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • milo

    I’m a bit confused…I get that Lee favors USC, but the inference suggests Gibson might too. Please clarify.

  • Uh oh

    I think that sentence structure was confusing, too, Milo. I think Gibson was mentioned merely to illustrate that lee might be swayed by teammate Gibson, but, no.

  • JMod

    Yeah when you say “But based on his rhetoric right now, it looks like USC is clearly the favorite at this point.” you mean that applies to Lee and not Gibson right?

    Are you trying to imply that because Gibson is Lee’s high school teammate he may have influence over him and get him to come to Cal? In that case, 5-star recruit George Farmer also goes to that school and has committed to USC.

  • noduck

    the sentence is not only misplaced, it also contains redundancies. Right now, the sentence is misplaced at this time.

  • Uh Oh

    Oh, the life of a reporter on the run.

    … I sure hope that high school (Farmer + Gibson + Lee) did well this past season. Good Night! Many high schools have only one D1 player every 10 years or so.

  • Juancho

    Finally my Cal English minor pays off! The flaw in JO’s sentence is that he uses the pronoun (him) to try to refer to Lee – but because Gibson is the noun closest to “him” – by rule the pronoun references Gibson.

    By the way, blogs were created in an attempt to get away from the rigidity of language laws and expectations. Cut JO a break. Imagine if he proof read our posts?

  • milo

    Juancho…absolutely right about blogs being quick, informal ways of communicating. No slam on JO, I just wanted some clarity.

    So how about them Bears…quite a decent recruiting class.

    So where are the Bears going to practice this spring, at Whitter Field or at Memorial?

  • Steve W

    Uh Oh,

    That high school – Gardena Serra – went undefeated in their Southern California section and was expected to cruise in the state title game against Folsom of Sacramento. Except somebody forgot to tell Folsom that little piece of news, and Folsom kicked their butts in a rainstorm. Very satisfying for me since I live down in So Cal (not by choice) and get tired of all the prep writers crowing about how superior the south prep teams are to the north.

    Serra is a wide receiver factory, having produced Robert Woods from last year’s team and George Farmer from this year’s team. Both receivers were arguably the best in the country each year and will make USC a scary proposition for years to come. But what else is new?

  • Juancho


  • SteveNTexas

    Our failure to get Lee was due to poor choices in allocation of resources.

    We need to increase our athletic budget so we can pay recruits as much as USC does. lol

  • Raf

    I am incredibly confused by USC’s recruiting class right now. Can someone please explain?

    They are supposed to be under NCAA sanctions and have 10 scholarship reductions per year, yet they have the second most recruits in the Pac-10 and are adding more!!? What gives. I’ve heard that they signed some kids early. So those guys don’t count?

  • caferay

    Raf – perhaps USC is filling in scholarships left behind when players jumped horse after Carroll left and also when NCAA imposed sanctions? I do not know, but perhaps. Also, we do not hear about all the wannabe no-star recruits that USC cannot now offer scholarships, due to the sanctions. Since USC will always recruit a high percentage of 4 and 5 stars, that’s all we hear about, and that will continue as long as USC has even 10 scholarships to offer. That is the allure of USC in So Cal. No school in the Bay Area has anywhere near the local allure as does USC in So Cal, where, incidentally, UCLA has a bad case of the fading blues.