Hampton (Va.) defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe recently visited the USC Rising Stars Camp, spending time with Trojans coaches and players alike.
Under the tutelage of defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze, Conliffe lined up with several of country’s best defensive linemen at the camp.
"I got an award for being one of the best D- lineman there,” said Conliffe. “Pretty much everyone was there. I showed up and I got a nice award.
“I got to see a little bit around L.A. in general, which was cool. It was all pretty fun. I liked the atmosphere and how the coaches coached.
"The defensive line coach (Kenechi Udeze) basically talked about football, and actually a lot about about life. We talked a little about him and what he has gone through in his past.
“We talked about how you have to watch who to trust and who to keep in your circle. That seemed to be the main topics of the day with us. He was just telling me how much he loved my performance out on the field.”
Conliffe comes away from the camp thinking more about USC, but also more about his top college choices in general.
"Yeah, USC is definitely going to be an option,” said Conliffe. “I’ve really got to talk to my mom and stuff and see what we can do.”
At present date, Conliffe has 11 favorite schools, which includes USC, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Miami, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Maryland, NC State, Penn State, Tennessee and Alabama.
His trip out West certainly helped USC’s chance to get a return visit next winter, although Conliffe fell short of saying he has locked in any specific official visit dates.
For USC, Conliffe has value as a defensive tackle and at nose guard.
Conliffe had been listed at 280-pounds, but has put on weight since his last camp appearance.
"I weighed in at 298-pounds," said Conliffe. "Pretty much, I'm a versatile player. I can run the whole line.
“I guess USC sees me at the three-technique or nose guard, but I can also go out there and play end for them if they need it."