Northern California Nike Camp recap

Trojan head coach Pete Carroll and several assistant coaches were on hand today at the Northern California Nike Camp held in Palo Alto. There were a few surprises but for the most part the top players were names familiar to Trojan fans. Click below for more information.

At the top of the list among performers at the camp were a pair of defensive players who have already been offered by the Trojans in Randy Estes (Los Alamitos) and Jeff Schweiger (Valley Christian). Estes was physically impressive and looked very fluid in the drills. Randy is clearly a difference maker and you can expect him to be a top priority at the safety spot for the Trojans. Schweiger showed his speed once again from his DE position and it's easy to see why he was among the first players offered immediately after the lineman camp. The DL had been split up into groups for position work and when his group got to one of the last stations a coach asked the group who was the fastest and all the other players immediately pointed to Jeff.

A pair of juniors will be among the top players to watch for the class of 2005 in WR Jeremy Childs (Los Alamitos) and LB Ray Mualaga (Eureka). Childs is just so smooth with his routes and he also has terrific hands. Mualaga is a former player from St. Bonaventure who recently moved to Northern California for family reasons. He's a cousin to Junior Seau and he brings that elusive combination of size and speed that the coaches want from the MLB spot. Ray also added 30 reps on the bench.

The next group of players featured a lot of guys who were well-known coming into the camp and based upon their performances today they will continue to be evaluated by the Trojan staff for a possible scholarship offer.

Lavelle Hawkins (Edison, Stockton) has speed to burn although his showing at the USC skills camp was hard to judge due to the lack of quality QB depth at that camp. For the Nike Camp, however, Hawkins was solid as he caught most everything thrown his way and was able to use his speed to separate on several patterns in the one-on-one drills with Carroll, Sarkisian and Holt watching from the sideline. Brandon Brazeel from Edison of Fresno is another receiver worth watching. Brandon also came to the SC skills camp and did well enough to gain notice. He's thin and wiry with fairly good speed and nice hands. Cameron Colvin (DeLaSalle) has been offered by UCLA and ASU so far and that list should grow in the coming weeks. Cameron has good size and body control. One out of state prospect that looked very good was Trent Morgan from St. Mary's HS in Orchard Lake, MI although the Wolverines already have a verbal from this athletic wideout. Another name to remember for the class of 2005 is Keith Ellison from Redondo Beach, he's 6-0.5, 195.

Jacob Hucko (Cerritos) leads a group of offensive linemen that also included Andrew Woodruff (Victoria, BC), Bradis McGriff, John Gibson (St. Mary's) and A.J. McTaggert. Hucko is also an excellent wrestler while Woodruff is raw but is a Canadian with good skills. On the d-line, a couple other names to watch included Tony Lee (Serra, Gardena), Jason Roberts (Central, Fresno), Lawrence Ball (Edison, Fresno) and Mbouka. Roberts in particular seemed to have the frame that our coaches like coming off the end (235 pound range) and he is a player who could see his recruiting action heat up in coming weeks.

There were also some good defensive backs in attendance and one player who saw his stock rise was Antoine Cason from Los Alamitos. Cason in the son of a former NFL player and he was measured at 5-11.5, 165. One of his HS coaches who was in attendance said Antoine is just starting to physically mature into his frame so his future is very bright. Willie Glasper from DeLaSalle has already been offered by Oregon and Nebraska. Lamarr Herron (Natomas) is physical, so physical that he could receive some consideration as an OLB at the college level. He'll make a good player for some team. Bernard Hicks is yet another player from Edison of Fresno and his coach is former USC star Tim McDonald, who was in attendance today.

There were other players who had a solid camp and will get attention through the fall. Among those players were WR LayRelle Cunningham (Vanden), TE Justin Soi (Timpview, UT), OL Ray Feigna (Hunter, UT), OL Booker, OL Adam Speer (Chaminade), LB Andy Wizenburg (Harvard-Westlake) and DB Marshawn Royal (Sunnyside).

With the college coaches allowed to be in attendance at today's camp there were obviously plenty of coaches watching the action but Pete Carroll and rest of the Trojan coaches were still able to command attention. While some coaches from other schools moved unnoticed through the crowd, Carroll and company stood out. At one point there was a group with Carroll, Sarkisian, Holt, Burns and Orgeron standing together wearing SC gear with a few of them sporting sunglasses. One observer glanced over and said "even the SC coaches look like movie stars". Top Stories