RB – There weren't any running backs who are high on the USC wish list right now but one player who could end up receiving attention is Richard Murrell from San Bernardino HS. Murrel has good size and ran for over 1,100 yards last season. Edward Britton (Montwood HS in El Paso, TX) is a smaller back with good quickness. James Hasty (Bellevue, WA) and Nick Thurston (McClymonds) were others who looked good in drills.
WR – Possibly the deepest position at the camp. Desean Jackson (LB Poly HS) was not only the top receiver but he might have been the best player overall on the day. He was so smooth with his routes and caught everything is sight. NJ corner Michael Ray Garvin said Jackson (photo, right) was the hardest receiver to cover. One player who could end up receiving more recruiting attention is Bret Lockett from Diamond Bar. Lockett is a physical receiver (6-1, 188) who only caught four balls last year but he stood out during drills at the camp. Jeremy Childs from Los Alamitos is also a smooth route runner but he doesn't have the same explosiveness as Jackson. Austin Usher (Jefferson HS) has good size, he's gotten noticeably bigger since last season, and you can tell he's a good athlete because he moves well for his size. Brandon Smith (West HS in Bakersfield) has received some attention from the Trojan coaches and he definitely has some skills. Marquis Hamilton (North HS in OK) also looked good.
TE – Erik Lorig (Peninsula HS) was probably the top tight end on the day and the USC coaches are very familiar with him already. Erik lives in the same area as Pete Carroll and he's attended the USC Junior Day and camps this spring.
OL – Nick Howell from Bullard HS is one of the top offensive lineman being considered right now by the Trojans and he looked good in the one on one drills. Nick weighed in at 253 pounds and said he thought he could have done better at the camp but he got sick last Tuesday and was still feeling the effects. He is planning on attending the USC summer camp next month and we should know after that camp if he will be receiving an offer from the Trojans. Some other linemen who stood out were Matt Kopa, a Stanford verbal commit from Elk Grove HS, and twins Joe and Ben Barresi from North HS in Oklahoma.
DL – It was a solid performance by Ekom Udofia from Chapparal HS in Arizona. He did 48 reps in the bench press, had a 32" vert and looked quick in drills. Ekom measured in at 6-1, 288 and is very thick. The general feeling among recruiting people at the camp is that USC is the team to beat for Udofia. Some others who made plays in drills were Jacob Hickman (Centennial of Bakersfield), although he was slowed a little by injury, and Zach Shapiro (Claremont HS).
LB – Two of the top linebackers on the West Coast were there and both came away with good showings. Rey Muaulaga from Eureka hurt his hamstring last week and tweaked it again while running the 40 early in the camp. Rey (photo, left) toughed it out during the day and still went through several drills and the one on ones (made a nice play to knock a ball away on one pass play). Ryan Reynolds (Bishop Gorman HS in NV) was solid in all the drills and tested very well. He had 47 reps on the bench, a 31" vertical leap and ran a 4.7 in the 40. There's no doubt he's a solid prospect although the general thought at this point is that Oklahoma is the strong leader. Anthony Arch from Bellarmine in San Jose has a 6-5, 215 frame and he moves well.
DB – Robert Peele (Edison of Fresno) is a good cover corner and he looked more aggressive in this camp than he did at the recent USC skills camp.The Trojans need corners in this class and Peele will continue to be recruited. An interesting prospect will be Michael Ray Garvin from Bosco Prep in NJ. Garvin is one of the fastest players in the country and has offers from over 30 schools. He's 5-8.5, 177 and had the top 40 time of the camp with a 4.28. Kevin Ellison from Redondo Union had another good performance at safety and he has received interest from the Trojan coaches. Kevin also attended the recent USC skills camp.
The Trojans were represented by Pete Carroll, Norm Chow, Ed Orgeron, Lane Kiffin, Greg Burns, Carl Smith and Brennan Carroll. Also in attendance were Jeff Schweiger and Tim McDonald. There were players from 27 different states at the camp.
Trojan coaches wait for event to start
Jeff Schweiger showing his Trojan colors
Tim McDonald is now the head coach at Edison HS in Fresno