Tuesday’s practice at Blossom Field started out sunny, and then the dark clouds rolled in around noon.
That was an ominous sign, as USC fans would later find out. Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian five-star athlete Michael Pittman broke his collarbone Tuesday while preparing with the West team for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Pittman, who had been one of the top performers for the West this week, is set to enroll at USC for spring semester. His status for spring football for the Trojans remains undetermined.
Pittman appeared to injury himself diving for an underthrown pass on the sidelines toward the end of practice. He walked off the field under his own power.
Fellow USC wide receiver commit and four-star athlete Trevon Sidney was also limited Tuesday. Sidney said after practice that he is battling a left ankle injury that is a recurring injury from the spring. Sidney battled a hamstring injury last season which limited him to just a few games in total his senior season.
Sidney has been rumored to be considering official visits to schools besides USC. Tuesday, Sidney said that he has not been in recent communication with any specific schools about trips. He is open to the idea of seeing more schools, so his plans could still change. Sidney will officially visit USC Jan. 15.
Tyler Vaughns was the only USC committed wideout not injured Tuesday, although even Vaughns was not 100 percent. Coming down with a cold, Vaughns was slowed, but still managed to participate in most aspects of practice.
Overall, Tuesday was a quiet day for the West squad. The team practiced from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with very little in the way of contact drills. Both teams will have Wednesday off before a final full practice Thursday.
On the offensive line, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive lineman Frank Martin played both right and left tackle Tuesday. After practice Martin said he had done “some” research on new offensive line coach hire, Neil Callaway. Martin said he likes that USC appears to be headed toward a more run heavy offensive scheme, but needed to sit down with Callaway in person before knowing what direction his recruitment would be headed.
Martin has a officially visit tentatively scheduled to Arizona State for Jan. 22, but admitted he may cancel that trip if all goes well at USC on Jan. 15. USC will host most of, if not all of its June graduating commitments the weekend of Jan. 15.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star cornerback Jack Jones and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro four-star athlete Byron Murphy both had another solid day of practice Tuesday. For the East squad, Miami (Fla.) Central four-star safety Jamel Cook has also been very impressive. The 6-foot-4, safety has been a match up nightmare in man coverage all week long.
Cook is currently committed to Florida State, but will officially visit USC in January. USC was also in consideration for Panama City (Fla.) Bay four-star defensive end Janarius Robinson. However, Robinson said Wednesday that he is no longer in contact with the Trojans new coaching staff and has no plans of making a trip to Los Angeles this month.
News and Notes:
Former USC commit Mique Juarez of Torrance (Calif.) North played both running back and middle linebacker Tuesday. Juarez said Monday he will choose to commit between Ole Miss and UCLA, but could still take a visit to Alabama.
At 270 pounds, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi continued to shine catching the ball. Asiasi is the only tight end for the West team, so he should see plenty of action Saturday.
After two days of practice, the top dozen performers among the players offered scholarships by USC at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl have been:
- Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy quarterback Shea Patterson
- Wake Forest (N.C.) defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence
- Long Beach (Calif.) Poly athlete Jack Jones
- Savannah (Ga.) Christian athlete Demetris Robertson
- Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian athlete Michael Pittman
- Miami (Fla.) Central safety Jamel Cook
- Houston (Texas) Westside defensive tackle Jordan Elliott
- Buford (Ga.) defensive tackle Derrick Brown
- Detroit (Mich.) King wide receiver Donnie Corley
- Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi
- Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro cornerback Byron Murphy
- Detroit (Mich.) King cornerback LaVert Hill