Trojan football camp - Day two

The campers had a guest visitor this afternoon as Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin stopped by and gave a talk to the players about the Super Bowl win and the importance of defense and playing together. Pete Carroll introduced Kiffin (his son Lane is the USC WR coach) as the man who gave him his start in football and said he "owes everything" to Coach Kiffin.

A few of the notable performers from the day:

Keith Rivers (LB) Lake St Mary's HS, FL
Rivers picked up right where he left off yesterday with another solid showing. We caught up with him coming off the field to get his thoughts so far on the camp:

"It's been nice to see some good California weather today. It got a little cold yesterday but today was nice and warm. I took a campus tour today with Alex Holmes, Dallas Sartz and Kyle Williams and that was really nice. We went around campus and I got to see everything. I also got to meet a couple of the other players that we ran in to. Last night we had a good time, we just stayed in the dorm and Mike Williams and Tom Malone came by. We hung out and they talked about the Orange Bowl and how much fun that was. This morning we did some individual and 7 on 7 work as well as some basic linebacker drills. It was awesome to meet Coach Monte Kiffin. You see him on TV all the time, he's the mastermind of defense, and he was great to meet in person."

Chilo Rachal (OL) Dominguez HS
Chilo watched the camp from the sidelines yesterday but the Trojan commit was anxious to get out there and compete. Today he was on the field and looked pretty aggressive in the afternoon drills. He's in good shape for a big man and it's easy to see how he's got a bright future. Chilo watched the camp on Sunday with Fremont HS star Thomas Herring who is also being recruited by the Trojans.

John Gibson (OL) St. Mary's HS
Gibson came to the Trojan camp today after spending some time at the Bruin camp over the weekend. He played RG today but has also been spending more time working with the tight ends because it's no guarantee that he will move to the OL in college. He was getting some good teaching from Tim Davis as part of the top OL group of the day along with Rachal, Ryan Wendall of Diamond Bar and Charles Brown of Diamond Ranch.

Charles Brown (OL) Diamond Ranch HS
Brown will only be a junior next year but with his tall size and lanky frame he should grow into a dominant physical presence by the time he's ready for college ball.

Raynolds Stowers (RB) Iolani HS, HI
Stowers caught our eye yesterday after a couple very fast 40 times and he's been one of the top running backs so far in camp. He's got good size and is extremely aggressive when he runs.

Damahco Ousley (WR) Washington HS, OK
Ranked as one of the top receivers in the state of Oklahoma, Ousley has good natural ability and showed potential in his only day at the SC camp.

Nate Longshore (QB) Canyon HS
Longshore attended the morning session and threw well enough to be considered the top QB so far at the camp.

Marlin Simmons (LB) LB Poly HS
Simmons simply knows how to play the game of football and he looked good next to Rivers in the linebacker drills as a pair of swarming backers.

Jed Collins (LB) Mission Viejo HS
Jed is another guy who has a nose for the ball but the main question for him will be speed. There is no doubt he has the physical ability to play for the Trojans but Pete Carroll does not substitute when it comes to the need for speed and so far that's been the knock on Collins is that he's not the swiftest linebacker around.


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