USC Nike Camp Showcases Talent

GoBlueWolverine.com's extensive coverage of the 2005 Nike Camps begins with Sunday's event at USC. Top talent from 11 states made the trek to Los Angeles to showcase their talent. <br><br> 2005 Michigan quarterback signee <b>Jason Forcier</b> was also in attendance. Another Forcier standout, junior-to-be <b>QB Chris Forcier</b>, took part in drills. As did another Michigan legacy, junior-to-be <b>QB Cooper Stevenson.</b><br>

Over 200 prospects from 11 states made the trek to Los Angeles on Sunday to attend the Nike Camp on the campus of the University of Southern California. This year's camp differed a bit from previous Nike Camps in that it appeared more of an emphasis was placed on conditioning drills over technique. As is usually the case, some previously unknown players made a splash.

For Michigan fans, one notable absence was wide receiver Menelik Holt from St. Augustine High School in San Diego. While originally scheduled to attend, Holt decided to join his teammate Jordan Congdon and visit Nebraska for the Cornhuskers' spring game. However, a pair of St. Augustine players did make the camp, including 2005 Michigan quarterback signee Jason Forcier, who was there to support little brother Chris. The younger Foricer, who will be a junior this season, will take over the quarterback helm for the Saints from big brother.

The Forciers once again plan on heading back to Ann Arbor for the Michigan summer camp. "We're going back for the week," Jason said. "I'll be playing in an all-star game this summer, then I'll be heading back to get ready for school and the season." He appeared to have put on some weight this season. "I've been working hard in the weight room and have probably put on 20-25 pounds," he said.

Another Michigan legacy was taking part in the action on Sunday. Cooper Stephenson, whose father Curt played for the Wolverines from 1973-1976, will be a junior quarterback this year for perennial San Diego area powerhouse Torrey Pines. "We went to the Michigan camp last year," Curt Stephenson said. "I went with Cooper last year, but this year he'll be making the trip on his own. He'll spend the entire week there."

A couple of other names worth mentioning are at a position of need for the Wolverines in this recruiting class. Linebacker Travis Goethel of Vista, Calif., High School (Leon Hall's alma mater), who measures 6-foot-3, 220-pounds. He lists Michigan among his favorites.

Linebacker Allen Bradford, from Colton, Calif., High school measured at 5-foot-11, 219-pounds and ran a 4.54 in the 40, lists a plethora of West Coast schools as having offered and said he would prefer to remain in the area; however he added, "Michigan is coming by my school in the Spring. If they offer I might reconsider that position." Bradford reports offers from USC, UCLA, Washington, Ole Miss, Arizona, Colorado State, Georgia and Nebraska. He reports his junior stats as 129 tackles with eight sacks and one interception.

GoBlueWolverine.com will have more from the Nike Camp during the week.

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