Sidney has more visits in mind

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat wide out Trevon Sidney is one of the top receiver/defensive back prospects in the country for 2016. Sidney has plans for future visits and his future position at the next level.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Bishop Amat wide out Trevon Sidney won’t sign with a college until 2016, and from the way he talks, the four-star junior has no intensions of making a decision before that time.

Sidney did take two unofficial visits this summer to UCLA and Oregon. His trip to Eugene came on the heels of the NIKE Camp.

“The UCLA campus is really nice,” said Sidney. “You really don’t have to go anywhere. Everything you need is just right there.

“I also got to see the campus at Oregon after the NFTC and the facilities were really nice. I met up with one of their recruiting coaches and he showed us around. We saw the uniforms, the locker rooms and the fields. It was nice.”

Nice, but Sidney is shy of naming favorites schools or any stand out programs at this point in the recruiting process.

“I’m just taking my time,” he smiled. “It doesn’t really matter right now.”

Sidney also took a trip to USC in April for the Trojans spring game. That trip concluded with the USC coaching staff delivering a simple message.

“They want me,” said Sidney. “I grew up in Pasadena, and it’s always a dream for kids in that area to go to USC.

“They told me to keep working and maybe I’ll be a Trojan one day.”

Sidney has plans to visit schools outside of the region, like Alabama, although his goal is to hit two more schools in the Pac-12 first.

“I really want to get up to Seattle to see Washington,” said Sidney. “I’m interested to see the program and what they’re building up there. Arizona is a school I’m thinking about seeing too. It’s close, so that should be an easy trip to make.”

Sidney and his teammate Tyler Vaughns are on the fast track to become national recruits by this time next year. With both underclassmen stars, position will be debated.

At Saturday’s Battle At The Beach passing tournament, Sidney had an interception and made his greatest impact playing defense. But while others may debate his position at the next level, Sidney has no uncertainty about where he wants to play.

“I’d rather play receiver - I like receiver more,” said Sidney. “I’ll play wherever a college wants me, but I do prefer playing receiver.

“I’ve been hitting some camps, really trying to perfect some little things as a receiver. Getting off the jam and not letting up. Sometimes I take it easy when I get off the jam. I’m trying to run my routes hard and I’m making sure I’m selling the fade so the defense won’t know if it’s run or pass.”

Sharing the football on offense with Vaughns has two obvious benefits. One, double teaming both wide outs puts strain on opposing defenses. Two, it will prepare Sidney for college.

At the next level, almost every college he will consider will have a receiving corps. laden with talented receivers.

But Sidney offers a third reason why having Vaughns on the same team has been beneficial.

“We get to go up against each other in practice,” said Sidney. “We get better just doing that every day. Then obviously it gives us multiple weapons on offense.

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