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The story floating around all summer was that the USC men might have a thin recruiting class, because they didn’t have much scholarship money left to give out.
Either those stories weren’t true, or Dave Salo is in the greatest recruiting groove we’ve ever seen. He stayed largely out of the fray for the two huge men’s recruits, and in exchange has landed a complete class that is shaping up to push USC into the top 5 in the coming years. The latest addition is David Morgan from De La Salle High School and Crow Canyon in Northern California.
Morgan is the defending North Coast Section Champion in the 50 free with a 20.62 (though he was a 20.45 at Juniors the winter prior), and is the section’s runner-up in the 100 free (44.89, again better in 44.5 at Juniors).
He’s is likely to be used primarily as a sprinter, though he’s got a good 49.9 in the 100 fly as a 3rd event. But with the class that Salo is bringing in, a guy who just focuses on the sprints is really what Salo and the Trojans need. Between Reed Malone, Santo Condorelli, Michael Domagala, and now Morgan, Salo’s class has three swimmers who as juniors were 44’s in their 100 freestyles, plus a 45.2 from Domagala on top. What’s more, they all still seem to be getting better.