Trojans checking out Trevon Sidney

Trevon Sidney is one of the top players on the USC recruiting board.

One of the most impressive looking players on the seven-on-seven circuit this spring has been La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat four-star athlete Trevon Sidney.

When he is not catching dozens of passes one-handed just for fun, he is usually busy beating his man off the line of scrimmage and catching long touchdown passes.

After some great tournaments with his Body By Tra travelling seven-on-seven team, Sidney has played the past two weekends with his high school teammates from Bishop Amat.

On Saturday his Lancers made an impressive run, winning the Under The Lights Passing Tournament in Saugus (Calif.).

"I like these," Sidney said about the high school passing tournaments. "It gives our team a chance to bond, know what we are going to be like next year and just build team chemistry. I would say that it is a little less competition, but it is good as a team event."

With high school coaches running the show, the vibes at these tournaments are significantly different.

"It is a lot different in that sense," Sidney said. "They are trying to go against a scheme and plot against the defense. Since it is for the season they are actually trying to see what works.

"But I enjoy them. I love the work, I love cheering on my teammates and love watching them play too, it's just a good experience."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Sidney hasn't only been busy with football, he has seen plenty of action on the baseball diamond as well. In fact coaches from both USC and UCLA came out to watch him practice at Bishop Amat on Thursday.

"Tee Martin came and the offensive coordinator Clay Helton came out to watch me," he said. "They just said I had a good practice and looked good out there."

The Trojans are still in a great position for Sidney and his teammate, five-star wide receiver Tyler Vaughns.

Both Sidney and Vaughns put on a show in Saugus on their way to the championship. It seemed that any ball thrown to the left was caught by Vaughns and any ball thrown to the right was caught by Sidney.

These two impressive athletes are close, but talk about the duo being a package deal is premature.

"We don't talk about [playing at the same school] at all," Sidney said. "We still got another year, we are just trying to get through this last season and not worry about that. But we are pretty close friends and it would be cool to play with Tyler in high school and college."

Vaughns recently told USCFootball.com that he will make his college decision in August.

"That wouldn't impact my decision," he said regarding Vaughns making his choice public. "If I make the same decision too or if not, that's fine. But it doesn't affect it though."

Before being categorized as an athlete, Sidney was the top-rated cornerback in California. Though on the passing circuit he has focused almost exclusively on the offensive side of the ball.

"When the season comes I will [play corner], just right now I am working on receiver and working on my craft," he said. "But when the season comes I am pretty sure I will be back on the other side too.

"Colleges ask me what I prefer, a lot of them are starting to turn toward receiver but I still have a few that are still recruiting me as a corner."

When it comes time to make his college choice, Sidney has fairly straight forward criteria to point him in the right direction.

"I am looking for a school that I can feel at home with, have a good relationship with the coaches and I can just see myself being there for four years. I think I am going to major in criminal justice, so I want to look into schools that have good criminal justice programs. And depth chart too, I want to go someplace where I can play."

Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for the latest on Trevon Sidney's recruitment.


Ryan Abraham has been the publisher of USCFootball.com since 1996. You can follow him on Twitter at @InsideTroy or email him at ryan@uscfootball.com .

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