Putting up a fence

LOS ANGELES -- After getting their feet wet with an official visit from Leesburg (Fla.) linebacker Noor Davis last weekend, the USC coaches will jump into the official-visit season in earnest this weekend, hosting at least three prospects.

Linebacker Scott Starr (Norco, Calif./Norco) is as committed as any recruit in the country. He jumped on a USC scholarship offer in the spring and hasn't looked back. He attended every Trojans home game he could this season and likely was being watched by the equipment staff, for fear that he would simply grab a helmet and attempt to suit up on the spot. Starr will enroll early at USC but wanted to make sure he would be able to take an official visit. At this point, Starr could basically serve as his own host for the trip, but he undoubtedly will enjoy a chance to get more familiar with his future teammates.

As with Starr, safety Gerald Bowman (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College) has a timetable that is slightly sped up due to the fact that he will enroll early as a junior college transfer. This will be Bowman's third official visit, as he has visited California and Oklahoma.