Shrine game recap

Josh Pinkard was named Defensive MVP for the winning Public school team on Saturday in the 53rd annual Shrine All-Star football game. Future Trojans Thomas Herring and Eugene Germany also starred as they took part in their final game as high school players before entering USC. Click below for a recap:

The Public school team defeated the Private school team 44-21 in a game that was pretty much dominated by the Public team as they simply had too many players for the Private team to handle.

At the top of the list on the defensive side of the ball for the Public team was Josh Pinkard, the safety from Hueneme HS (same school as Keary Colbert) and Pinkard set the tone early with a solid hit on kickoff coverage and he also provided some crushing blows in the secondary in addition to an acrobatic interception. Pinkard is built similarly to current USC free safety Jason Leach except for the fact that Josh is taller than Jason at this point. Josh showed that he has the type of attacking nature from the safety spot that will fit in perfectly with the Pete Carroll defense and his future teammates Keith Rivers and Chilo Rachal both quickly mentioned Pinkard when asked which USC signee stood out to them when watching the game.

"It feels great to be named MVP," said Pinkard. "I just came out here and had an interception, a couple big hits, and now I'm just looking forward to getting down to USC with my teammates and hitting the field. I'll be down there on Tuesday to start working out."

Thomas Herring (left) caused havoc all night with the opposing offensive line and he put tremendous pressure on the quarterback. The general feeling among many people is that Herring has such a bright future on the offensive line that he will ultimately end up at that spot but tonight he showed that he certainly has potential on the d-line as well (he will begin his USC career on the defensive side of the ball). Thomas had a key sack on the first series of downs and he has a tall frame that he moves well to overpower his opponents with a combination of size, speed and strength.

Eugene Germany (right) played linebacker in this game but most observers watching him in action believe that he is likely headed for the defensive line. Eugene has a big frame that is only going to get bigger as he develops in a college weight program and it's easy to imagine him ending up as an interior defensive tackle.

Rivers and Rachal took time out from their workouts to come to the game and support their fellow freshmen. Rivers has been in town for three weeks now as he moved from Florida immediately following the end of the school semester so that he could begin working out with the Trojan team. He is living this summer with Matt Leinart and Matt Grootegoed "they're both real good guys" and says he is enjoying taking part in the Carlisle weight program so far. Chilo has also recently begun the weight program and he was quick to note that he weighed in at 314 pounds despite some internet reports that put him closer to 330. Rachal pointed out that he has earned a nickname "Chanos", after a popular off-campus dining spot that he said has quickly become a favorite. Rocky Hinds was scheduled to participate in the game but he wasn't able to play. Rocky did say that he was cleared by the doctors on Tuesday and is also taking part in the summer conditioning workouts at USC.

Josh Pinkard with Trojan fans before the game

Keith Rivers (front row middle) and Chilo Rachal (3rd row far right) watch action from the stands Top Stories