Cougs hoping for another USC gift??

Sort of like Bumpus last year, a gift from the USC riches might fall into our laps. Eugene Germany, a big-time D-lineman from last season who signed with USC out of high school, is now no longer headed to USC. He was a highly regarded player that chose USC over Michigan on signing day last year. The Cougs are now recruiting him, and while we may not be his leader, we are on his current list. NOTE – there are two stories below, in chronological order. The first story was when it was first announced he wouldn’t attend USC. The second story is his post-K-State trip.

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Eugene Germany

While the saying goes the rich only get richer, sometimes programs just plain out get too rich. That was the case with the USC Trojans last fall in signing defensive end Eugene Germany, who ended up not enrolling in classes this fall.

“USC has told him that he still has a scholarship, and can enroll there next fall,” said Ponoma Senior head coach John Brown. “They asked him to take some classes this fall, like a greyshirt situation, and he just wasn’t interested in doing that. He is fully qualified, still has five years to play four, and is good to go if he can find a school to enroll in this month.”

Germany just may find a school he can join for spring practice this weekend as he heads out to Manhattan, Kansas to check out the Kansas State Wildcats.

“Eugene is visiting Kansas State this weekend, and he if loves it, that is probably where he is going to go. They are the only school that can get him in right now, and he knows the success they’ve had with JUCO’s and transfers. They have something like 17 or 18 kids from California on their roster. It is a good program over there, and Bill Synder is a good coach,” said Brown.

If Germany decides Kansas State doesn’t fit him this weekend, you likely will not see him enroll in school until next fall.

“Oregon State and Washington State have expressed a lot of interest. Oregon State can get him in during March since they use the quarter system, and if we would have gotten things rolling two weeks ago, Eugene would have been able to enroll in at Washington State right now. Michigan has also shown a little bit of interest, but he couldn’t join them until the fall. If he doesn’t commit to Kansas State either this weekend or early in the week, then he probably will wait until Signing Day to make his decision,” said Brown.

Germany is currently on his way out to Manhattan, and Scout.com will keep you up-to-date.

Story #2 – looks like the Ducks are making a late push:

Eugene Germany is a 6-4, 265-pound defensive end from Pomona, California, and the former USC signee has re-opened the recruiting process after deciding to take his game away from Los Angeles.

“I took a trip this past weekend to K-State,” Germany told Scout.com Tuesday. “It went good, I liked it and everything. I liked the atmosphere and the players treated me cool. The academic program was cool, they went through everything for me.”

Some more schools have come into the mix. “I haven’t made a decision yet,” he said. “I’m thinking about taking a trip to Oregon this coming weekend. I want to see what they have to offer.” Germany will know whether or not that trip has been finalized by the end of the day Wednesday.

“I’ll make my decision on February 2nd,” he added, also saying that he doesn’t have a favorite. Geography will not play a part in his decision.

Oregon, Kansas State, Michigan, Oregon State and Washington State have all offered a scholarship to Germany, who will have 5 years to play four starting this fall. There’s still a chance Eugene could enroll early, but it appears as if that will not be the most important factor when considering a school.

Meanwhile, Germany is doing the best he can as far as keeping himself in playing shape. “I’ve been running long distance just to keep my wind up and also 100-yard and 40-yard sprints,” he said.