Sick of hearing about the class of 2008 after a few days of paralysis by analysis? Good. Now it's time to move on to the class of 2009.
I know what you're thinking.
Not the ones who want to keep their jobs. As usual, most of them already have fallen behind USC's
Though the Trojans were only allowed to sign 17 players on Wednesday because classes in previous years were so big, Carroll and his staff have already begun loading up the class of 2009. They have commitments from six top prospects, including No. 1 prospect
All this may seem a little premature, but coaches and recruits are going to have to get used to it. Even Carroll, who is as responsible as anyone for tilting the recruiting cycle forward, wishes the tilt-a-whirl would slow.
"Times are changing a little bit and, so, we're having to adjust," Carroll told reporters Wednesday. "We have had to adjust and speed things up, and I don't like that. I'd rather take all the time possible. I wish we could wait until we see kids play their senior years, but we no longer are able to do that."
So get to know these guys quickly, because they may have committed by the summer, if they haven't already.
Barkley, the Gatorade national Player of the Year as a junior, is the headliner, but several other signal-callers will draw plenty of attention. One is Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch's
Wichita (Kan.) East tailback
College assistants will fight for the chance to visit Honolulu linebacker