Gerard Martinez

USC looking to lock in four-star Camren McDonald

Camren McDonald knows more about USC than an average recruit, and his knowledge of the roster is what will sway his opinions of whether he will sign as a Trojan or look elsewhere.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly four-star receiver Camren McDonaldd knows a lot about Trojan football, so his mission this offseason is to compare what he has seen from USC with other schools nationwide. 

Saturday, McDonald swung by USC to watch part of the Trojans’ spring game. 

“I wasn’t there the whole game, but I spoke to Coach Tee (Martin) afterward and we chopped it up a little bit,” said McDonald. “He was just checking up and asking how I was doing. 

“He’s going to be down at Poly to see me in a couple of weeks. The staff is taking this week off and then they’re going to be starting their evaluations. I talked to Coach Tee and the other receivers coach, Coach Prentice (Gill) about that. Coach Prentice is a guy I speak to a lot at SC too.”

While McDonald didn’t see much of the spring game Saturday, he has seen USC plenty this spring. And in true Cam McDonald fashion, he broke it down without pulling any punches. 

“I’m just going to tell you what I think of the whole team,” said McDonald. “A lot of people say with Adoree Jackson leaving, USC will be down next season. 

“I don’t think that at all. I think they are going to be just as good, if not better than they were last year. Just based on what I saw this spring, they’ve got guys flying around all over the place and looked ready. 

“I went to another school’s practice this spring and the intensity wasn’t there. It just wasn’t like what USC had. I feel like the Trojans are going to be really good this year.”

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Watching USC practice, like he does with other schools, McDonald has visualized himself fitting into the Trojans’ offensive scheme in recent months. That visualized fit was at one specific position calculating the potential of one specific player. 

“Well, Juju Smith and Darreus (Rogers) are gone,” said McDonald. “Someone has to make up for those 50 catches. 

“If Daniel (Imatorbhebhe) is able to get 40 of those balls, me going to USC is pretty much locked in. I’m just looking to see how many balls Daniel catches this year. He was probably their most sure-handed receiver last season, and I liked his production last year. 

“There are 60 passes or so that have to be accounted for. Those passes have to be spread around to other players. So I’d like to see Daniel’s production go up. If his production goes up, I can see myself fitting into that offense very well.”

To be locked in, McDonald has to consider USC as a college choice beyond football as well. 

“USC is in my backyard and they’re the No. 3 team in the nation,” said McDonald. “They offer a great education too, so I just don’t see that many things wrong with USC. 

“Actually, I don’t see anything wrong with going to SC right now. I just have to compare it to some other schools I haven’t seen yet. I want to take all five of my official visits and then I’ll announce a decision.”

Going forward McDonald has a handful of other unofficial visits planned this offseason. 

“I’m on spring break right now, so I’ll head over to UCLA to watch them practice and I’m also going up to Cal May 21,” said McDonald. “I have a visit to Washington planned this summer and that’s pretty much it.”

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