Junior Day recap

It was an overflow crowd on Saturday as the Trojans held their annual Academic Day for high school junior football players and their parents.

The day started with registration at Heritage Hall before moving to Bovard Auditorium for speeches from Pete Carroll, Ed Oregon and Mike Garrett as well as a review of the NCAA rules regarding recruiting and eligibility.

"They talked to us a lot about the procedures of recruiting, when they can call us, stuff like that," said Centennial LB Brett Martin. "We also get tickets to each of the home games."

Following the academic presentation the players were taken on a campus visit by the USC tour guides before breaking up for meetings with the coaches.

"The campus tour was cool," said Corona DL Matt Spanos. "After that we went into separate rooms with the players in one room and the parents in another room. We met with our position coaches and I got to sit down with Coach Orgeron, he's funny, I like that guy."

"I had met Coach Holt at a camp last season and he said he had just watched some film on me so we talked about a couple things he saw," said Martin. "He told us how he is looking for fast linebackers and I was glad to hear that because it plays right to my strength. They are looking for the MLB and SLB to be about 6'2" and the WLB anywhere from 5'11" to 6'0" and I'm right at 6'0". I like the intensity Coach Holt brings to the program, a football team needs that. If you can't get pumped up to play for guys like Orgeron and Holt then you can't get pumped up for anybody."

A BBQ was held at the end of the day behind Heritage Hall on the patio adjacent to the Galen Center before the crowd dispersed to watch the Trojan basketball game.

The following is a partial listing of recruits in attendance:

Fili Moala (DL, Western)

Whitney Lewis (WR, St. Bonaventure)

Kyle Wright (QB, Monte Vista)

Sam Keller (QB, San Ramon Valley)

Lee Martin (LB, St. Bonaventure)

Brett Martin (LB, Centennial)

Garrett Trembley (LB, Palm Desert)

Drew Radovich (OL, Mission Viejo)

Junior Lemau'u (DE, LB Poly)

Mark Washington (LB/DE, LB Poly)

Danny Burney (DB, Sylmar)

Dennis Keyes (DB, Birmingham)

Devin Stearns (WR/DB, Serra)

A.J. Tuitele (DB, Banning)

Sedrick Ellis (DL, Chino)

Lawrence Jackson (DL, Inglewood)

Matthew Malele (DL, Carson)

Mike Rodriguez (DL, Oak Grove)

Michael Okwo (LB, Mira Costa)

Chris Purtz (LB, Clovis West)

Jimmy Stevens (LB, Bishop Montgomery)

Sam Baker (OL, Tustin)

Chris Barrett (TE/DL, Tustin)

Kevin Brown (OL, LB Poly)

Brian DeLa Puente (OL, San Clemente)

Alex Gottlieb (OL, Valencia)

Robert Gustavis (OL, North Torrance)

Matt Reese (OL, Centennial)

Luis Solis (OL, Sylmar)

Matt Spanos (DL, Corona)

Jeff Gray (WR, North Torrance)

Dominic Breazeale (QB, Alhambra)

Richard Kovalcheck (QB, St. Augustine)

Eddie Miller (QB, Venice)

B.J. Vickers (WR, Venice)

Clarence Simpson (QB, Sylmar)

Erik Vose (QB, Westlake)

Charles Burnley (RB, Valencia)

Rafael Rice (RB, Mater Dei)



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