Scouting Report: WR Brandon Carswell

In the latest edition of our Scouting Report series, WeAreSC takes a look at recent USC commitment Brandon Carswell (6-1, 175) of Milpitas HS (CA.)

TYPE OF PLAYER: Four-star wide receiver Brandon Carswell of Milpitas HS (CA.) was a huge pick up for the Trojans. With the recent departures of Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith and Chris McFoy, the Trojans have been left dangerously thin at the wide receiver position. Although the upcoming group is very talented, they have yet to prove themselves on a consistent basis. Carswell adds another dimension to an already talented group, in that he is very dangerous after the catch. Carswell is not a true burner, but he knows what to do with the ball in the open field.

Many experts were left questioning the train of thought from the Trojan coaching staff after they passed on players such as Anthony Boyles and Markques Simas, but after watching film on Carswell, it is easy to see why the staff feels so highly of Carswell.

WHAT WE LIKE: From the start of this recruiting year, it was obvious that the Trojans needed to bring in at least one receiver in this class. Carswell is a very intriguing prospect, seeing that he spent the entirety of his senior season lining up behind center. Carswell seems at home with the ball in his hands, and what else could you ask for in a prospect.

Carswell possesses good size and overall athleticism at the wide receiver spot, adding a much needed piece to this recruiting class. It is this combination that made him nearly impossible to guard at the high school level. It goes as no surprise that the chances of winning a national championship next year are highly dependant on the production of this young and unproven corps of receivers.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Carswell has steadily climbed the recruiting charts over the last several months, and with good reason. Carswell is a legit 4.5 guy, so speed training could go along way in determining his effectiveness at the next level. Carswell will also have to work at beating jams from corners at the next level, which seems to be one of the biggest concerns for incoming freshman wide receivers.

For a player with Carswell's overall ability, the deal closer may be his ability to run precise routes. Former USC wide out Steve Smith became known for his ability to get open through precise route running.

REMINDS US OF: Carswell reminds me a great deal of former USC wide-out Steve Smith. Smith, who was a standout at Taft HS, was not the fastest wide receiver in the country, but he made plays. Both receivers were roughly the same size coming from the prep ranks, and I see Carswell turning into a reliable target for the Trojans. One of the differences between the two are Carswell's ability to make things happen after the catch, which is what separates him from the other group of in-state receivers on the Trojan recruiting radar.

DID YOU KNOW: Carswell was leaning heavily toward Cal early on in the process, but after a successful official visit to SC, Carswell knew that USC was where he wanted to be. Carswell also claims to be fully qualified, after receiving a 3.5 GPA on his most recent report card.

Carswell Says: "I'm very versatile," Carswell said. "I run good routes and use my body well. I'm physical and I can be a big playmaker, but I also go across the middle well and am a good possession receiver. I do it all. I'd like to improve my overall speed, especially coming off the ball," Carswell said. "I want to improve my stamina too."


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