Kyle Prater, Amir Carlisle will transfer

USC is entering the recruiting home stretch, which means the 2012 class will slowly increase in size. But as it so often does during the earliest months of the year, it’s the veteran roster taking hits and shrinking.

The program will lose personnel through senior graduation and the early entry of juniors into the NFL draft. It will also lose others through transfer, as is the case with Amir Carlisle and Kyle Prater.

Carlisle announced his transfer on Saturday, with a new course set for rival Notre Dame. And if one wanted to speculate on the reason behind his decision, he would look no further than the running back’s father.

Duane Carlisle worked as the strength and conditioning coach for the NFL 49ers, and his son’s first commitment was to nearby Stanford. Amir would decommit from the Cardinal, upon the announcement of Jim Harbaugh’s departure, and quickly give his promise to USC.

Carlisle would appear in 8 games as a true freshman, while being nagged by knee and ankle injuries. The expectation was for a greater role in 2012, especially with Marc Tyler now absent from the roster.  But a change in jobs took his father from California to the midwest, where he was hired by Purdue.  In a game of “follow the bouncing ball”, his son will transfer to South Bend Indiana, a mere 95 miles from his father’s new place of employment.  The Irish were also among those heavily recruiting Carlisle out of  high school, and appeared on the short list of finalists.

Kyle Prater is another midwest kid that may be returning to the region. The former 5-star high school receiver made his way to USC by way of Illinois, and one year later, he alerts his followers on twitter that he’s on the move again.


While Carlisle and Prater are certain transfers, others may also be making a switch. It is reported that wide receiver Brice Butler is not working out with the team and may be checking out of the program. It was Butler that contemplated a change last year, but ultimately chose to remain at USC.  Having already graduated in December, Butler would be able to play immediately for a new program without facing the transfer penalty.

Armond Armstead is another likely transfer candidate. The defensive end has struggled to gain medical clearance at USC, and like Butler, could transfer and play immediately elsewhere.  The loss of Armstead would more than likely kill all hopes of adding his younger brother to the 2012 class. Arik Armstead reopened his recruitment, after decommitting from USC weeks ago.


~ by Anthony on January 10, 2012.

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