USC skills camp

It was one of the bigger camps we have seen in recent memory as the skill position players gathered today at USC for the annual one-day camp put on by Pete Carroll and the Trojan coaching staff. Click below for a report on some of the top recruits in attendance:

QB – Bobby Guillory from Bethel HS is a good athlete and he had the most "live" arm of the day. He's not at the level to be considered as a QB by the Trojans, he can play for somebody at the college level but to attract more USC interest he would need to be willing to switch positions.

RB – The top RB in attendance was Stafon Johnson from Dorsey but Stafon was there in street clothes and did not go through drills. Stafon has stayed away from the spring camp circuit due in part to track commitments but, according to his dad, he will be focusing on football from this point on. We will be visiting Stafon this week for a video interview and highlight footage. Leilyon Myers from Lynwood was the best athlete of the running backs on the field. Myers is fluid but we still think his future lies in the defensive secondary. Matt Biggers from JW North is a stocky back. Rashad Newsome from LA Jordan was the top fullback in attendance.

WR – Terrence Austin from LB Poly arrived a little late but he didn't take long to make his presence known. His first route in the one on one drills saw him turn the defender around, make the catch, stop on a dime and change direction toward the sideline where he outran the defender for a touchdown. It was an eye-opening play and it was only the beginning for Austin who was explosive all day. All in all, it was a positive showcase for Austin in front of the Trojan coaches. His Poly teammate, Travon Patterson, also performed well and the two Jackrabbit receivers ran the best routes of the day. Travon stands at 5-8.5, 160 and he is built similarly to Justin Wyatt with very good speed. Other receivers included Anthony Saunders from Castle Park (speed), Anthony West from Pt Loma (uses his hands well) and Ray Magee from Valencia (height).

TE – John Reese from Upland was probably the top senior. Junior Nate Chandler from Mira Mesa will be one to watch next season as he has a real nice frame and moves well.

LB - Jonathan Cornell from Bishop Amat continues to impress whenever he gets a chance to perform in front of the SC coaches. Jonathan looked very quick off the ball with solid technique and he's one of those players (similar to a Kevin Ellison last year at the camp) who always seems to be in the right spot. Travis Goethel from Vista combined with Cornell to form the top LB duo of the day, Travis is tall and lanky with long arms and he plays with energy.

DB – No doubt the best cover corner on the day was Vincent Joseph from LB Poly. Vincent measured in a 5-8, 176 and says he usually plays at 185 but his weight is down right now due to track season. He ran a 4.41 40 so the speed is definitely there and he was far and away the most aggressive corner at the camp as he often got right up on his man before the ball was snapped. He didn't go up against Terrence often but when he did it was a physical match-up at the line featuring two players who are very skilled at their craft, it was fun to watch them go at it and a reminder of why Poly is one of the top teams in the area. One recruit who took reps at both WR and DB was Ricky Thenarse from LB Jordan and, although he did well on both sides, we prefer him as a defensive back. It was impressive to see him run a route as a receiver then hustle over to the DB line, take a rep at corner and then return to the receiver line. Ricky is tall and lean with a smooth running style. Brandon Sullivan from Poway is thick and moves well. Princeton McCarty from Bakersfield West has tremendous speed, he has consistently put up great times all spring, but he is pretty short and his primary value would come as a kick return specialist.

K – Kai Forbath from Notre Dame was there and he had a couple good kicks where he was able to get the ball up in the air quickly. On the whole, the top kicker was Andrew Aguila from St John Bosco as Aguila was simply more consistent than Kai on this day.

It was interesting to watch the reaction of the recruits at the camp when Dwayne Jarrett and Patrick Turner walked on the field during the morning session. It's amazing to see Turner come out here fresh off the plane from Tennessee and he is already taller and thicker than Dwayne. Later in the day both Mark Sanchez and Kyle Moore made appearances as well.


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