Last month, USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin got a treat.
Along with his former Gardena (Calif.) Serra-turned-USC receivers Adoree' Jackson and Jalen Greene, Martin got the chance to be on the sideline for La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat's game at Gardena (Calif.) Serra. The Trojans' receivers coach had an opportunity to watch a pair of USC wide receiver commits in Bishop Amat's Tyler Vaughns and Trevon Sidney. Add in 2017 receiver commit Amari Rodgers, who was also on the sideline taking in the game with his father/future position coach, and there were five current or future USC receivers along with Martin that were either participating or on the sideline taking in the game.
But to make the experience even more exciting, Vaughns and Sidney were facing off against a secondary that features a pair of highly touted safeties -- USC four-star safety commit C.J. Pollard and uncommitted four-star safety Brandon Burton. The two receivers didn't necessarily get matched up on Pollard on Burton in one-on-one, man-to-man coverage much, but it was still a unique and intriguing back-and-forth matchup.
"It’s fun. I mean me and Tyler had our battles all summer. Me and Trevon had our battles all summer," Pollard said. "We’ve never been on the same team. Never. Offense/defense, one-on-one reps, he’s the receiver, I’ve got to go to DB and it’s just that showdown. But I love it. It makes me better."
Pollard said after the game that Serra's gameplan centered around shutting down Vaughns and forcing the rest of the Lancers' playmakers to beat them. It worked just enough for Serra to eek out a 41-38 win.
Vaughns struggled early, dropping at least four passes in the first half. He finished with six receptions for 54 yards and also rushed the ball twice for 17 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
"I didn’t think I played up to my ability," Vaughns said. "Myself, I think I did horrible."
While Vaughns didnt play well, he did enjoy the unique opportunity of getting a sneak peek into the future.
"It’s a real good deal knowing I’m going to be playing with [Pollard] next year," Vaughns said. "I tried to give my all against him because I know the next three to four years I’m going to be going against him at practice, so we’ve got to get each other better somehow."
With their five-star receiver having some troubles, Bishop Amat just turned to their four-star wideout. Sidney was the go-to guy early and ended the game with seven catches for a team-high 79 yards. He also added 82 kick return yards. A week later, Sidney scored a pair of touchdowns while Vaughns began a streak of three consecutive games with at least one touchdown and 130+ all-purpose yards, including a stunning 11-catch, 194-yard performance against West Hills Chaminade.
Check out the highlights of USC wide receiver commits Tyler Vaughns and Trevon Sidney in the video above.