Freshman Progress Report

The USC Trojans brought in a star studded freshman class in 2007. Who is living up to the billing, and who are the big surprises? Kevin Carden of SCPlayBook.com gives you the latest.

Jordan Campbell, FB, 6'0 225

Campbell has been very impressive thus far in Fall camp. Jordan Campbell and Stanley Havili give the Trojans two very capable pass catching fullbacks. Along with his good hands, Campbell has the ability and desire to be a very good lead blocker. Campbell should get early playing time and will contribute in both the running and passing game.

Brandon Carswell, WR, 6'2 175

Unfortunately Carswell has held out of the first couple of practices because he was waiting to be cleared by the NCAA. Once he hit the field he displayed good athleticism and hands. Carswell has been looked at as a possible punt returner as well. At the moment he looks like he could get some work on special teams. But with all the depth at wide receiver, he is really going to have to make some big plays in practice to see the field on Saturdays.

Martin Coleman, OL, 6'5 320

Martin Coleman is a raw talent at the offensive line position. As Coleman continues to learn more about the Trojans system, he will continue to improve. Coleman is another recruit that will really benefit from the Trojans strength and conditioning program.

Aaron Corp, QB, 6'3 185

Aaron Corp has been a very steady performer in camp. Corp has a good arm, above average accuracy, and great mobility. Corp looked very comfortable in Sunday's scrimmage completing all four of his pass attempts. He has as much upside as any quarterback in the '07 class, and could really push Mark Sanchez and Mitch Mustain for the starting quarterback spot next season.

Rhett Ellison, TE, 6'5 235

A relatively unknown player in the Trojans star studded class of 2007. Rhett Ellison, the son of former Trojan linebacker Riki Ellison, has been a very pleasant surprise. Ellison has caught virtually every pass thrown his way. Ellison adds depth to the tight end position. He could be real contributor in the coming years.

Chris Galippo, LB, 6'2 235

The All-American linebacker out of Servite High School has lived up to all the expectations. Galippo is a very instinctive football player who plays the run very well. At 6'2 235, Galipo is a very intimidating presence in the middle. Galippo looks like he has all the tools to be the next great Trojan linebacker. Even though the Trojans have the best linebacker in the country, it is going to be hard to keep him off the field.

Broderick Green, RB, 6'1 240

Like Brandon Carswell, Green was held out of practice while waiting to be cleared by the NCAA. Green is a real power back. At 6'1 240, Green likes to run down hill and isn't afraid of contact. Broderick has also displayed a good deal of quickness and speed in the open field. With a solid first week he is right in the mix to get carries this year. Green could prove to be a real weapon in short yardage and goal line situations.

Everson Griffen, DE, 6'3 265

Griffen brings freakish talent and unwavering confidence to the defensive end spot. Throughout the first week Griffen has shown a knack for making big plays off the edge. Griffen should contribute right away, and could even be a starter by mid year. He gives the Trojans an elite speed rusher of the edge. Something they didn't have last year. Griffen was the top overall recruit in the 2007 class according to Scout.com.

Da'Jon Harris, DT, 6'4 270

Harris came into camp a bit out of shape. Once Harris gets a full year to work with strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlise and learns the system, he could develop into a real productive player.

Trey Henderson, DE, 6'3 265

Henderson tore the meniscus in his right knee in the second practice of camp. Henderson, who plans to redshirt should be out for four-to-six weeks.

Ronald Johnson, WR, 6'1 190

Johnson has been one of the more exciting players in camp. The first thing you notice about his game is his elite speed. Johnson should contribute this year at wide receiver and will also get a chance to return punts and kick-offs. Johnson had two kickoff returns for a total of 102 yards in Sunday's scrimmage at the Coliseum.

Marshall Jones, DB, 6'0 185

Jones has quietly put together a very productive first week of practice, highlighted by an interception at Sunday's scrimmage. Jones is a very physical defensive back that can come up and be a force against the run.

Joe McKnight, RB, 6'0 180

The lightning quick tailback out of Louisiana has put on quite the first week performance. Trojan coaches have been guarded in their praise of McKnight but privately they must be giddy about all the ways they can use him on the field. Joe can run with the ball, catch the ball, and maybe most importantly he seems to be a quick learner. Coach Carroll will look to get McKnight involved in the offense early and often. If Joe continues to develop he could be a real special player.

Kristopher O'Dowd, OL, 6'5 290

O'Dowd is the most polished offensive lineman that Coach Carroll brought in this year. O'Dowd is a very savvy, intense player that brings an attitude to the offensive line. O'Dowd has quickly picked up the Trojans scheme and could see some significant time this year at center.

Michael Reardon, DE, 6'5 265

Michael Reardon is a very athletic big man that could really play on either side of the ball. Right now Reardon is playing defensive end. He has a great attitude and knows what it takes to win. Reardon was a teammate of Aaron Corp at Orange Lutheran, where they won CIF championship last year.

Malcolm Smith, LB, 6'2 215

The younger brother of former Trojan receiver Steve Smith, Malcolm is a very athletic and instinctive player. Smith will add depth to the linebacker position and could be used on special teams. Smith and Galippo will make a very good duo at linebacker in the future.

Christian Tupou, DT, 6'2 275

Tupou, a defensive tackle from Sacramento looks to be another great find by Carroll and staff. Coming out of Sacramento's Grant Union High School, Tupou was only a three star prospect. But this week he has showed great quickness and strength in one-on-one drills against the offensive line. Tupou could be a real sleeper in this year's class.

Marc Tyler, RB, 6'0 215

The highly touted running back out of Oaks Christian High School has spent most of his time on the sidelines due to NCAA Clearinghouse issues and injuries. Tyler suffered a broken leg during his senior year in high school and at this point looks like a possible redshirt. Once Tyler is healthy there is no limit to his potential. Tyler could contribute at either tailback or linebacker in the future.


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