With five-star wide receiver Tyler Vaughns lining up on the other side of the field, La Puenta (Calif.) Bishop Amat teammate Trevon Sidney sometimes gets overlooked. However, the four-star cornerback, who also is an accomplished receiver, shouldn’t be slept on.
Sidney has the potential to play either side of the ball. He does a great job of high pointing the ball whether it’s his quarterback or the opposition throwing the ball and he’s a threat to take it to the house whenever he touches the ball.
The No. 1 cornerback in California might have the most potential on the defensive side of the ball where he’s proven he is a sure tackler that can also bring the pain on occasion despite his 5-foot-11, 165-pound frame.
USC is looking at him on both sides of the ball, but when Sidney attended USC’s Elite Junior Invite, he got more of an offensive vibe from the coaching staff.
“I talked to all the coaches, but a little more to Tee Martin,” Sidney said. “He said he likes me at receiver, but they said they’d still like to see me play a little both ways. It seems like Tee Martin wants me at receiver a little more."
With a year and a half before Sidney will suit up for a collegiate program, his role is still to be determined. The USC coaching staff hasn’t even presented where Sidney’s potential role would be in the receiving corps. Instead, Sidney said the coaches stressed how open and interchangeable the Trojans’ offense can be.
“They were showing us film and they showed us that they would do the same play like three times in a row and they would just switch all of the receivers, so they would mix it up. They said they just try to get everyone the ball based off mismatches.”
Sidney said the USC coaches were very welcoming during Junior Day. He was happy to see the dorms and everything the athletic department does for the student-athletes.
More important for Sidney is that USC isn’t afraid to play freshman and that there is open competition. He wishes all of the top flight receivers in the vaunted 2016 class could go to the same school.
“To me, it doesn’t really matter because wherever you go, you’re going to have to compete. If we all went to the same school, it’d be better competition to get us all prepared.”
Sidney also has the potential to compete on the baseball diamond where schools have told him he’d have the opportunity to play as well. So how about Sidney practicing at Howard Jones Field for a spring practice before heading over to Dedeaux Field for a baseball game? It’s a possibility. USC has told Sidney he could play both.He has scholarship offers from a number of Pac-12 schools as well as Tennessee, Notre Dame and Miami. Of the schools that have offered him, Miami, UCLA and Arizona are the only schools besides USC that have baseball national championships.
A two-way, two-sport star for the Trojans?
“It’s a great environment,” Sidney said of USC. “I feel at home when I go there.”
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