The Scout.com recruiting rankings are due to be updated this week, and a whopping six states out west boast an offensive lineman as its No. 1 prospect, but Aziz Shittu (6'3/275) of Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, Calif. made sure to represent the defensive side of the ball at the Nike Football Training Camp held at USC on Sunday.
The pass rushing drills are skewed to favor the defensive line, so we're accustomed to seeing defensive linemen handily beat the offensive linemen, but Shittu put on a show of a different kind. He displayed a variety of skills that enabled him to be virtually unblockable.
Shittu lined up at right and left end and at both defensive tackled positions. He beat guards, tackles, and everyone that got in front of him with a combination of power and speed that let him blow past bigger lineman and over power smaller linemen.
I charted wins/losses during the one one ones and it got to the point that I stopped writing down Shittu's number unless someone beat him. No one did.
Shittu was scheduled to be a 4-Star rated defensive lineman on Scout this week, and his performance on Sunday only helped validate that ranking.
Ellis McCarthy (6'5/295) of Monrovia, Calif. helped Shittu lead the assault on the offensive line. McCarthy is a bit bigger and did the bulk of his good work inside. He lined up against Jordan Simmons (6'5/330) of Encino, Calif. and beat him on consecutive plays. Simmons had previously been 3-0 in his matchups when he lined up at guard.
McCarthy visited UCLA unofficially Saturday.
***A UCLA Note: Rick Neuheisel was able to attend the L.A. Nike Camp Sunday, since his son, Jack Neuheisel, a junior-to-be tight end/linebacker at Los Angeles Loyola, participated. Incoming UCLA grayshirt quarterback Jerry Neuheisel was there with his father. Rick and Jerry made themselves very visible, saying hello to some old friends and coaches on the way out.
Stanley Planning Pac-12, Big 10 and SEC Visits
Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley was one of the top overall prospects in Los Angeles this weekend for the Nike Camp at USC, already holding offers from some of the top programs across the country.
The 6-5, 295-pound tackle will certainly be busy this offseason with plans to take unofficial visits to Pac-12, Big 10 and SEC schools.
The highly sought after big man says the USC Trojans are the school that is recruiting him the hardest and he remains wide open in the recruiting process.
"It's a crazy process," Stanley said. "It's just hard to pick a school out of all these choices that I have."
So what is Stanley looking for in a school?
"Great tradition, great coaching and I want to go to a winning team," he said.
Exciting Week for Adams
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Ishmael Adams wrapped up an eventful week by being named Most Valuable Player among defensive backs at the Nike Camp at USC.
"It's a great (honor). It just shows that the work I'm doing is coming through for me," Adams said.
After running the 4 x 100, 100 and 200 in a track meet Saturday, Adams came back and shut down some of the top wide receivers on the West Coast the very next day.
"Heart, it's all about heart. You have to want to be a competitor in everything that you do," he said.
Originally from Georgia, Adams is also hoping to hear from SEC schools.
"I'm really open to everybody right now," he said.
Plenty of Options for Shittu
The rest? To be determined.
"I'm just trying to talk to more schools, see what's going on. Just when I feel I have enough offers and choices put together," Shittu said.
Most Valuable Player of a loaded defensive line crop at the Nike Camp at USC, Shittu was offered by Utah on Friday and was intrigued by the program's emphasis on hard work.
"I know Utah's not like Michigan (in terms of tradition). They got a lot of guys that put their hard hat on and go to work. I like how they just came real with me," he said.
Goforth Getting Noticed
It's rare for a prospect to be under the radar if he plays for the 1925 All-Stars, the elite Southern California 7-on-7 travel team coached by Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly. But after a dominant performance that saw him named Most Valuable Player among wide receivers at the Nike Camp at USC, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver/defensive back Randall Goforth may have established himself alongside his more heralded peers.
Fresh off an unofficial visit to Arizona State on Saturday, Goforth was determined to show his skills on the biggest stage yet.
"Big or small, my main goal is to compete," he said. "I was very focused."
Goforth was impressed with his trip to Arizona State, the first FBS school to offer him.
"Arizona State, I really loved it," Goforth said. "I had a chance to talk to (Sun Devils head coach Dennis Erickson) in his office and he was breaking it down to me, telling me he would really like me to be a part of what he has coming up. It seems like he has a big plan for the school."
Goforth is also hearing from California, Nevada and Washington, with the Huskies likely to offer him in the near future.
Woods' Fav Five
Inglewood wide receiver Derrick Woods put on quite the show with his big-play ability during one-on-one drills at the L.A. Nike Camp at USC on Sunday.
Woods is one of the top two-way stars on the West Coast but hopes to showcase his skills at wide receiver in college.
"I am a very explosive receiver and I have great ball focus," he said.
The USC Trojans are the school that are coming after him the hardest and Florida was one of the latest schools to come through with an offer.
USC – "They are very high ranking in education so that's kind of No.1."
Florid – "They just offered so that was exciting for me because I have family down." South.
The Sun Devils are recruiting Marsh as a safety.
Washington, Arizona and UCLA are Marsh's top three schools right now.
Inglewood WR Derrick Woods pulls in a touchdown pass at the L.A. Nike Camp.