McQuay latest USC hit-maker

LOS ANGELES -- When it comes to true freshmen making an early impact, literally and figuratively, two of the biggest "hitters" in USC Trojans annals have been NFL Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott and All-America linebacker Matt Grootegoed, players whondidn't just tackle the ball carrier, but left poor souls wondering what hit 'em.

It now appears that the Trojans have another teenage human missile on campus. You certainly wouldn't know it by the 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame of true freshman free safety Leon McQuay lll, who behind that boyish grin and 1960s Afro belies a striker that has left ball carriers tattooed purple after train-wreck type of collisions.

Fans of the Cardinal and Gold will get their first public look at this precocious freshman Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the annual spring game. Expect to be impressed.