Josh Imatorbhebhe already has proven himself to the USC coaching staff. The Trojans went all the way across the country to nab the commitment of the physical four-star Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett receiver.
But that doesn’t mean he didn’t want to show out at the USC Rising Stars Camp.
“Even though I’m committed to the school, it doesn’t matter. I just don’t have anything to lose or anything to hide. I’m still trying to achieve my goals. I can’t rest on anything.
“I’m just out here competing and I learn from my mistakes and I guess some of my successful reps and through some of my successful reps I got better.”
Imatorbhebhe made the trip out to Los Angeles to face off against some of the top competition from across the country whether it was the defensive backs like four-star Nigel Knott from Madison (Miss.) Germantown and Nashville (Tenn.) Father Ryan’s JoeJuan Williams or the wide receivers Imatorbhebhe was being comparing to.
“There were a lot of pretty big names. Names I’ll see in Oregon at The Opening. I liked the competition. It was fun.”
For Imatorbhebhe, the Rising Stars Camp was a precursor to The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore. early next month, but it was also an opportunity to forge some bonds with other players while also having his brother, Daniel, who announced he would be transferring to USC on Thursday.
“The trip has been really good. Having my brother get things official out here and meeting some recruits and recruiting some of the other recruits like Tyler Vaughns. Me and him competed with each other the other day and [exchanged] contact [information].
“It was just an overall great experience. I’m not really trying to analyze too much, just trying to let it happen so memories can be made.”
One lasting memory Imatorbhebhe made on those in attendance, including the coaching staff, was an outstanding catch on an underthrown ball where he went up over a defensive back to snag the ball. Here’s his description of the play, which is a great look into how Imatorbhebhe is able to analyze plays as they transpire:
“it was a stutter and go, but he was in retreat coverage. He really didn’t bite for it, so I knew I had to get up over top, but the ball was underthrown. So I had to either A) slow down and try to make a catch over the shoulder, which wasn’t going to happen because like I said the ball was underthrown or B) I have to slow down, jump and catch it at the highest point before he does. I don’t know. It was just one of those I feel like I got in good position and I went up at the highest point and I got it.”
Imatorbhebhe continues to take strides to improve his game. It seems every time we see him, he’s added another element to his physical abilities. While he could have just enjoyed the USC Rising Stars Camp and getting back on his future campus, Imatorbhebhe refused to rest on his laurels and stood out as one of the top performers at the receiver position.
“I’m always ready to learn and get better as a receiver and try to be a better me.”