Marlon Lucky really stood out amongst a pretty deep tailback group. He was particularly impressive in some early cone drills where he showed off his quickness and great cutting ability. He also looked good coming out of the backfield as a receiver during the 7 on 7 period, especially on one play where he had to adjust to a poorly thrown ball over the middle, but still managed to make the diving grab. Ken Ashley is a junior out of Venice, and with a stocky build and legs that are the size of tree trunks, he'll remind a lot of people of former Trojan Lavale Woods. One surprise attendee was Denison, Texas' Corey Robertson. He looks to have nice speed and a nice all-around game. He's also another guy who made some solid plays catching the ball. At fullback, George Hypolite participated in the morning practice and he's just an impressive specimen. He's already built like a college fullback and he just seems to do everything well.
On the offensive line, Nick Howell was in attendance and he put in a solid performance despite having just participated in another camp up north, "Yeah, I had the Fresno State Camp," he said. "I just got back from that and I got a little dehydrated there. I just got back last night and decided to come down because I felt the coaches wanted me to, and I wanted to too. The whole day was pretty fun, just seeing the competition, and I got a lot of drills in and I took in some new things." The Fresno Bullard offensive tackle also got a lot of personal attention from Tim Davis and it's obvious that Howell enjoyed the opportunity to learn from the fiery Trojan offensive line coach, "I just love that coach because he's so energetic and he just gets you riled up," he said. "I like the way he explains things, he talks like he knows you. He doesn't care who you are, he'll talk to you." Having just received an offer from USC recently, Howell admits that the Trojans are an attractive option but he's not ready to pull the trigger by any means, "I feel like I want to go to USC but I still want to keep my options open," he said. "Washington and a bunch of other schools have been offering me, so I feel like I should take my trips, but I still keep USC first."At 340 pounds Long Beach Jordan's Morgan Rosborough was probably the biggest lineman there, but he also showed off some nice footwork and looked good in the one-on-one's.
Chaminade's Logan Paulsen was the top tight end in attendance and he seemed to catch everything that was thrown his way.
David Gettis was the headline receiver and although still fairly raw, he seems to just keep getting and better. He showed off some much improved hands today and made one diving circus catch on a deep fade early on in the day. Oceanside's Roberto Wallace has great size for a receiver and he made some nice plays today too.
Wallace's teammate, Derek Shaw was out there tossing passes and he was the biggest name quarterback at the camp.
Brandis Dew worked out with the defensive ends and he was one of the standouts at the position. Tall and athletic with a frame that looks like it can hold a lot more weight, he could become an attractive option here. He continually beat his man to the outside in the one-on-one's and was even able to switch it up with some impressive swim moves and spin moves.
Defensive tackle Walker Ashley came all the way out from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and he put on a nice display of talent today. He was able to simply overpower most of the competition in the one-on-one's and he also showed off some extremely quick hands which was sure to impress a watching Ed Orgeron. "They invited me and my dad thought it would be a good opportunity to get my name out on the west, so we came out," Ashley said in discussing his reasons for making the long trek. "It's been a really good camp. I love the coaches and I love the intensity. This is probably the best camp I've been to out of the Nike Camp and the Gopher Camp. It's been a great experience. I've learned the most here. Coach O, he's my favorite so far. He's cool. He keeps you amped up." Ashley is currently wide open in regards to his recruitment, and although USC hasn't offered at this time, he admits that he has real interest in the Trojans, "They're the National Champions," he said. "That pretty much set the bar high and got me interested. Why wouldn't you want to play for the best team, you know?"
End Michael Shelton out of Compton Dominguez, and tackle Fevaea'i Ahmu, out of San Diego Serra were two others that caught notice.
Lakewood's Luthur Brown made it to the camp and he's just a man among boys. He was the most physical linebacker out there and he also showed some nice speed. On one play during the 11 on 11's he came up to jam the tight end and just overpowered him, eventually forcing him to the ground. On another play he made a nice juggling pick on a deep pass intended for Lucky. Redondo's Kevin Ellison came for the second session and he looked great when he went back in coverage, which makes sense since he's played primarily at safety so far in high school.
Bret Lockett is a tall and athletic safety/corner out of Diamond Bar, and Venice's Talib Woods stood out on the day with more than a couple pass break-ups at corner.