Trevon Sidney is a Trojan

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Trevon Sidney is one of the most dynamic players in the 2016 recruiting class, and while many analysts still debate his best position on the field, USC had a spot etched out for him early on.

Bishop Amat (Calif.) four-star athlete Trevon Sidney has never put a timeline on making a college decision, but as rides became limited and his dream school became the best realistic option for his future, the nation’s No. 6 athlete committed to USC Friday from NIKE World Headquarters.

“USC has always shown me a lot of love from the start,” Sidney said. “I just felt right now was the right time and I felt like USC was the right school.

“For me it came down to playing time and my relationship with the coaches. I feel really comfortable with the USC coaches. Not just Tee Martin, but Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian) and the rest of the staff as well.

“I didn’t make the Rising Stars Camp, but I was there for the seven-on-seven tournament in June and spent a lot of time hanging out with the entire coaching staff. It just felt like home and it’s close to home, so my family can always come see me play.

“I also think I can come in and make an impact at USC with their depth chart. USC wants me to play wide receiver and not just in the slot. They see me as an outside receiver that can also play inside. I like that because I feel I can make plays all over the field in different ways.

“We’ve talked about it quite a bit and they’re going to move me around. I’m kind of small as a wide receiver, but I feel like I can play inside or outside.”

Sidney was absolutely dominant playing slot, flanker and split end for Team Alpha Pro all week long in Beaverton. He made several patented circus catches to go along with a phenomenal clutch catch against team Lunarbeast Friday to take the game into a third overtime.

While Sidney becomes the fourth wide receiver commitment for USC in the 2016 class, he states his pledge is more of a reservation than an exclamation point in the recruiting process.

“USC is the best school for me as of now, but I am still open to seeing some other schools,” Sidney said. “The only schools I’ve really seen are in California.

“I still want to take all five visits and be open to other schools recruiting me, but I thought long and hard about it, and USC is the right school for me as of now.”

Sidney already has three schools in mind that he would like to still unofficially, or perhaps officially visit next fall.

Washington and Notre Dame are two schools I want to visit for sure,” said Sidney. “Another school I want to get down to is LSU.

“Those are great schools with great programs and they’ve all been on me pretty hard. Like I said, I just haven’t seen any of those schools in person.”

Sidney joined USC wide receiver commit Josh Imatorbhebhe at The Opening Finals Thursday. Despite USC having multiple commitments at the position, Sidney does not mind the competition.

“I know those guys, but you’ve got to compete anywhere you go,” Sidney said. “It doesn’t really play a factor.”

Being fairly soft-spoken, Sidney isn't going to be a cornerstone recruiter for USC, but he does have his eye on expanding the Trojans class by one.

“I don’t really talk a lot, but if I see someone that I know can help our team, I’m going to tell him about it,” Sidney said. “I might see a guy like Jack Jones and talk to him. We're teammates this week, so we've already been talking.”

Judging from the conversations overheard this week at The Opening Finals, Sidney may not have to say much.

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