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The Ten of Troy: RSC
Gerard Martinez: "Alec Jackson may have been the best looking three-star prospect to set foot on Howard Jones Field last week. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive end moved well and proved to be very coachable. Already advanced in his technique, Jackson blew by blockers in his first few reps of 11-on-11 drills. He simply slipped by his blocker playing in the three-technique his first rep and then tossed aside another blocker his second rep. None of the top players at the camp participated in more than two sessions of competitive drills, but Jackson got enough work in to be labeled dominant."
Brandon Huffman: "Williams was outstanding the first session at Rising Stars, earning DB MVP honors. More importantly for Williams, he was offered by the Trojans on Wednesday. He’s about 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, but surprisingly physical for how slight he is. He’s got tremendous quickness, active hands, breaks on the ball really well, a smooth backpedal and fluid hips. He was actually pretty good in press, though he was consistently giving up more weight and lengh to the receivers and has very good ball skills. He’ll be one of the premier prospects in the 2019 class nationally."
Blair Angulo: "The rising sophomore was highly impressive, probably the most physically gifted prospect in relation to his class. He worked out at both tight end and defensive end, and he certainly popped on the defensive side of the ball. Thibodeaux has tremendous burst off the edge and great awareness to put a move on his blocker to get into the backfield. He uses his hands well to fight off linemen and keeps his feet moving toward the football. And the scary part is he still could be considered a bit raw, which only boosts his upside as he progresses at the high school level the next three seasons."
Greg Biggins: "Eric Fuller might have been the most dynamic player, at least offensively, in the camp. He may be a bit undersized at 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, but Fuller can really run. He's both quick and fast, shows great explosiveness getting out of his breaks and has the top end speed to run a way from a defender. He runs very well after the catch and is the kind of player who's a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Fuller projects as an ideal slot receiver and is a top 100 player nationally in the 2018 class."
Shotgun Spratling: "Defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe came across the country from Hampton (Va.) and proved to be one of the most impressive prospects at one of the deepest positions. The defensive line featured several highly rated recruits, yet Conliffe may have proved to be the strongest of the bunch. He has a strong initial burst, which opposing offensive linemen felt in his punch (as seen below) that knocked multiple guys off balance. He was constantly in the backfield during the 11-on-11 portion of Wednesday's morning session."
Blair Angulo: "The local 2017 group is a deep one as far as cornerbacks are concerned and Hicks is certainly worthy of being mentioned with some of the best ones. He has good length and active feet which allow him to keep receivers in front of him. A good friend of USC freshman Jack Jones, Hicks has a similar competitive spirit, embracing tough matchups and making sure to stay with wideouts down field. He shows the ability to be physical at the line of scrimmage but also doesn't need to bump receivers to cover them effectively. Hicks has a chance to be a very productive player at the next level, with versatility to slide around in the secondary."
Shotgun Spratling: "Getting a player committed to a local powerhouse to come across the country on their own dime is a feat in and of itself, so it was surprising USC was able to pull multiple Miami commits out of Florida for the Rising Stars Camp. One of those was hulking 6-foot-5, 336-pound offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson. Donaldson was the best o-lineman at the camp, showing his ability to move during pulling drills to go along with a strong base. He wasn't getting pushed around. The only time he was beat was when defensive linemen were able to use their speed to get an advantage outside and then throw a double move back to the inside catching him off-balance. Those reps were few and far between though."
Gerard Martinez: "Ford played on the first rotation of the defensive line with Elijah Conliffe at nose guard and Alec Jackson at the other defensive end spot. Ford took more reps than any of the other big name defensive linemen at the camp and showed flashes of dominance on most snaps. Still a bit light to be a true three-technique, Ford has the frame to carry more weight while still maintaining his athleticism. Ford was first in line at every drill and displayed the type of physicality that teams covet on their defensive front. Ford isn't finished product, but his performance last week was impressive enough to set his ceiling relatively high as a five-techinique or a legitimate three-technique."
Brandon Huffman "Marquis Spiker is one of the bigger receivers out West, at 6-3, 180, with still room to add another 15-20 pounds. He moves and runs well, more of a long strider, and he’s more than a possession receiver. He ran some of the better, crisp routes and does a great job of catching the ball with his hands and adjusting to throws. He’s a natural pass-catcher who, as he develops more speed, should be a big time target in college."
Greg Biggins: "Remigio spent two days at the Rising Stars camp and it paid off when he landed an offer from the Trojans. That offer may have surprised some people but make no mistake, Remigio can play. He may not be a big name prospect, but Remigio is a very talented kid who has impressed all spring long. He lit up the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp a week prior and had no problems getting open at RSC. He's more quick than fast, is as pure a route runner as you'll see and has tremendous hands. He competes very hard and with two more years to develop, he has a chance to be a dominant player by his senior year."
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