USC lineman camp recap

With over 250 linemen in attendance on Sunday at the SC lineman camp we saw some good performances including one that earned Michael Reardon from Orange Lutheran HS a Trojan offer. Click below to read more:

Reardon, a 6-6, 255 defensive end/offensive tackle came into the camp knowing that the Trojan coaches were interested in him as an OT even though he had played most of his career at DE or TE. He had only recently been working at OT with his high school team in anticipation of a potential move at the college level. Reardon spent the morning session at the camp on the offensive side of the ball and he showed good promise. He's such a big athlete and he moves well. The coaches spent a lot of time working with him on different techniques, Reardon said "they were very patient with me", and it was clear that he has promise at the position. For the afternoon session, however, Michael flipped over to play defense and he looked much more natural and comfortable. He had a good burst off the line and he's a powerful force coming off the edge. I didn't see any reason why he couldn't be a big-time DE at the college level and it was easy to see why he was offered a scholarship by Pete Carroll immediately after the camp ended. No matter which side of the ball he ends up on, Reardon is definitely a player to watch.

Martin Coleman received a lot of attention from onlookers during the day which was fitting considering he was the only USC commit among the linemen in attendance. The first thing that jumps out to you about Martin is his physical size. Simply put, Coleman is going to be a monster. He has a tall frame with long arms and a thick upper body. Martin also moves extremely well with good agility. He struggled some during the one on one drills, especially when he went against the smaller, quicker ends, but that is simply a matter of experience. This is a guy who is still growing into his body and learning the game, once he gets to USC and starts spending time with Pat Ruel and Chris Carlisle he should be fine. It was also great to see the smile on his face throughout the day, Martin seemed like a guy who was genuinely enjoying the experience and during breaks he was constantly chatting with other players like Kevin Graf.

Speaking of Graf, Kevin was the one sophomore who took part in all the drills with the top group of senior linemen. Even though Kevin, who is 6-5.5, 272 pounds, will only turn 15 this week there was no noticeable difference in physical size between he and the other guys in his group. Kevin (photo middle, Coleman behind him and Reardon in front), who is the son of Allan and the brother of Derek, both of whom played offensive line at USC, will play this year at Agoura HS and there's little doubt he will be a top prospect in the class of 2009.

Another Trojan legacy who did well was Todd Huber from Peninsula HS. Todd is the younger brother of Scott, former USC tight end, and he was one of two centers at the camp who caught our attention. Todd is a pretty aggressive player with good footwork. The other center was Sean Enesi from Carson HS and he was one of the more surprising stories from the day. He's not tall, somewhere around 5-11 or 6-0, but there was nobody better on the offensive side of the ball when it came to the one on one drills. Sean has a thick, sturdy upper body along with a strong base and he has excellent form in pass blocking drills. The only time we saw him get beat was when each position coach, Nick Holt and Pat Ruel, got to pick one player for the final rep of the day. Sean got beat by Da'John Harris on the play which caused Ruel to fall to the ground in mock amazement.

There was one junior OL who was brought into the main group midway through the afternoon session and he was Jacob Feugai from Piedmont Hills HS in Northern California. At 6-3.5, 280 Jacob certainly looks the part and he held his own during the one on one reps he took. He will definitely be a recruit to watch in the coming year.

Among the other notable offensive linemen included Matt Summers-Gavin (St. Ignatius), Garrett Pendergast (Servite), Eli Maefau (Valley View), Mitchell Schwartz (Palisades), Sam DeMartinis (Notre Dame) and Fred Koloto (Palo Alto).

On the defensive side of the ball, Da'John Harris from Serra HS only showed up for the afternoon session but he quickly showed why he has earned a Trojan offer on the d-line. Da'John (photo) simply had too much speed off the ball on the majority of one on one reps that he took and no OL was able to really stop him. His style of play is similar to Averell Spicer and the buzz after the camp is that Da'John is a heavy lean to one day wear the Cardinal and Gold.

D.J. Holt from Crespi is known more as a LB but he performed well at DE in the camp. He's a little undersized but his quickness and form allowed him to do well during the one on one drills.

Brian Lambert from Tustin is a big, barrel chested guy in the middle of the line and he plays with a lot of energy.

Tyrone Duncan from Westlake was probably the biggest d-lineman there and he had his moments. He wasn't consistent but he has the kind of physical skills you want with a chance to be a real player.

Andre Ferguson from Redlands East Valley is a tall, lanky pass rusher. Other solid guys included Dominic Glover from Mission Viejo, Ken Borg from Los Alamitos and Ricky Maefau from Valley View.

Early in the day the coaches also worked out a group of skill players who had been unable to take part in the skills camp on Saturday. The group included Trojan verbal commit QB Samson Szakacsy from Camarillo, Mater Dei QB Matt Barkley who started last season as a freshman, Verbum Dei WR Reggie Dunn (who clocked a blazing 4.28 40), Dominguez RB Brandon Johnson, St Paul RB Nick Grigsby, Muir DB Lance Mitchell, P Bryan Anger (Camarillo) and long snapper Owen Nolan.

Samson had taken part in a passing league the day before where he was named MVP and he looked sharp in his throwing session on Sunday. Samson throws a very accurate ball, that's the main thing to jump out. Throw after throw to a group of receivers he had never worked with was on the money.


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