USC Rising Seniors Camp - Day One

Day One of the USC Rising Seniors Camp took place today on campus with a very good group of recruits in attendance headlined by OL James Wilson (Nease HS, FL), DL Everson Griffen (Agua Fria HS, AZ) and OL Martin Coleman (Edison HS, CA). The session today was highlighted by two workouts on the field, a viewing session of the Trojan 7 on 7 workout and a game of TrojanBall at the Coliseum.

The three lineman listed above were the cream of the crop at the camp and the one on one lineman sessions, held in the morning and in the afternoon, featured some absolutely terrific battles between these talented players and more.

Wilson, who is in the Los Angeles area visiting his father, was the most dominant offensive lineman on the day with a physical and energetic style. On one of his first reps in the one on ones he simply popped his arms out and drove the defender to the ground with an aggressive move that caught everybody's attention. He played both tackle and guard today while looking more comfortable at guard. James is around 6-3, maybe 6-4, and he moves very well for size (30" vertical jump). It was also good to see him encouraging his fellow linemen, after each one on one rep he would go up and tap the offensive lineman and cheer him on. We spoke to James at the end of day and he said he plans to decide between USC and Notre Dame by August 1st.

It was also good to see the improvement in the one on one drills by Martin Coleman from what we had seen a few weeks ago at the USC line camp. On that day, Martin had trouble with some of the faster defensive ends but today he was matched up a lot against Everson Griffen and, while Everson had his share of victories against Martin, there were also several reps where Martin was able to get in good physical position against Griffen to keep him away from the "quarterback". It's doubtful that Martin will face a more polished DE any time soon than Griffen and he definitely held his own. Martin is just so big and athletic (32" vertical leap today) and it's going to be a pleasure for Trojan fans to watch him develop into an elite player.

Speaking of Griffen, wow!!!!! Everson is simply one of those players who jumps out to you when watching the players on the field. He's big, he's chiseled, he moves well and he plays with a high level of energy. In short, he represents everything that the Trojans are looking for in a recruit.

Others in attendance who caught our attention included:

* DE D.J. Holt (Crespi HS) – I'm not sure if D.J. has the size to play DE for the Trojans, he's probably 6-2, 225 or 230, but there haven't been many guys who could block him at either the Lineman Camp or this camp. Holt is so quick off the end, he will be a good player for somebody.

* DE Kenny Rowe (LB Poly HS) – Another guy who might be a bit undersized but he has such terrific technique. Kenny used his swim move well today to blow past several defenders in the one on ones.

* OL Sean Enesi (Carson HS) – One of the crowd favorites from the Lineman Camp continued his outstanding showing today as, once again, he was virtually unbeatable in the one on ones. Sean plays guard for his HS team but he was the best center at the camp today.

* LB/RB Jordan Campbell (Norco HS) – The progress of Campbell has been well documented on this website as the 4th generation Trojan fan has made no secret of his desire to receive a USC offer. To this point it hasn't appeared as if Jordan was seeing the results he was hoping for at linebacker so he gave another shot at running back during the drills today and was extremely impressive both with the ball in his hands and as a lead blocker. One camp coach called him the next LenDale White. On one play Jordan was the lead blocker on a pitch play to the tailback and he's a pretty imposing sight in the flat while he is looking for someone to hit. Jordan was also involved in perhaps the biggest hit of the day when he collided with a sideline observer. At this point it appears as if his best chances of receiving a possible USC offer are on the offensive side of the ball.

* OL Justin Cheadle (Bakersfield HS) – Another talented offensive lineman who is on the bubble for receiving a possible USC offer, Cheadle is certainly a physical player and he did well during the one on one drills.

* WR Kerry Taylor (Hamilton HS, AZ) – Taylor is the nephew of one of Todd McNair's best friends while growing up so there is a good connection to the Trojans. Taylor is a smooth route runner and is fairly polished. He is right in line with the group that includes players like Markques Simas and Micheal Calvin who will be considered for potential offers.

* ATH Malachi Lewis (Rio Mesa HS) – One of the biggest questions for this prospect has revolved around which position he will end up playing at the college level. Today he looked the best at wide receiver although I would also like to see what he looks like at linebacker. As a receiver, he uses his tall and slender frame with a smooth running style that allowed him to crank out a 4.47 (not bad for someone who is 6-4).

* OL Kaleaka'i Maiava (Baldwin HS, HI) – The brother of Kaluka, Kaleaka'i has a much different frame than his brother but he is also a pretty good football player too. After he stopped one DL in the one on one drills, one of the camp coaches was yelling "All the Maiava's can play football, all the Maiava's can play football."

* SS Louis Beal (Cody HS, MI) – Beal showed up at the camp as a virtual unknown from Michigan who has played mostly running back in high school but he said the Trojan coaches were interested in him as a defensive back so that is where he worked out today. Beal is around 6-1 or 6-2, 200-210 pounds and looked to be a pretty good athlete.

* DT Tonio Cellotto (Royal HS) – The son of former Trojan star Mario is a verbal commit to Oregon but he showed up today and what we saw was a very quick first step off the ball. Tonio was having some problems during the one on ones with the spacing of other players and it caused him to trip over someone else's feet a couple times but it's easy to see his potential.

* TE/DL Mikhail Marinovich (Serra HS) – Mikhail was one of the most productive players in the 7 on 7 throwing sessions with several completions down the middle and a few along the sidelines. He looked solid. He also worked some with the DL in the afternoon.

* DE Akeem Ayers (Verbum Dei HS) – Yet another talented defensive end who might need to be moved due to his size. There is no doubt he can play though.

* DL Trey Henderson (Vancouver College Prep, BC) – Henderson performed well on the line and looked pretty athletic.

* OL Thomas Byrd (McClymonds HS) – A short but stocky lineman who looked good in the one on one drills.

There were several Trojan commits in attendance who did not take part in the drills but who could be seen talking with the other campers and they included: Chris Galippo, Marc Tyler, D.J. Shoemate and Samson Szakacsy.


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