What We've Learned: USAAB Edition

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - After spending a week here in San Antonio watching the top high school talent in the nation Kevin Carden let's you know what he has learned about the top players in the country and how USC's recruiting class stacks up.

What we've learned: We learned that if the six recruits the Trojans had in San Antonio are any indication, then USC is bringing in another stellar class filled with great football players and high character kids. This year's class may not end up rated as high as the Trojans spectacular classes of the last few years but USC fans can rest assured that these kids will have a very positive impact on the program in the coming years.

What we've learned: We have learned that DJ Shoemate has an outstanding work ethic. Not taking anything away from any of the other recruits, but anyone who went out to a practice for the West squad will tell you that DJ Shoemate was the hardest working wide receiver on the field, and most likely the hardest working guy on the entire team. Lots of kids come out to all-star games just to have fun but Shoemate had his game face on all week.

"I want to just live up to SC and live up to competing and show the desire, dedication and passion that I have for this game," said Shoemate. "Everybody wants to come out here and show the nation that the Army Bowl is legit and that we are going to represent those that came before us in this prestigious bowl."

What we've learned: We have learned that the USC offensive line class is going to be very special. With the ultra-athletic Tyron Smith and the technically sound Matt Kalil at tackle whoever starts for the Trojans the next few years will have a very clean jersey. Add guards Daniel Campbell and Khaled Holmes to the mix along with the versatile Matt Meyer and USC has an offensive line class that any coach in the nation would trade for.

What we've learned: We learned that Brice Butler from Norcoss High School in Georgia was the most polished route runner at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Butler was dubbed the "Jerry Rice of high school football" because of his precise route running. The 6-3, 189-pound receiver is a very savvy player and continually beat the East cornerbacks with his veteran moves.

"My strengths are running good routes, going at the defensive back real hard and making the defensive back feel pressured. I like to get them out of their back pedal and get them out of their ease," Butler said.

What we've learned: We learned that Wes Horton did a lot this week to elevate his stock. All year at Notre Dame High School Horton played defensive tackle but this week Horton was at his natural defensive end spot and had a very solid week.

What we've learned: We learned that Robert Golden and Rahim Moore would look really good in Cardinal and Gold. The two defensive backs from California have really stood out this week during the West practices. In my eyes Golden was the best cornerback and the West team and made play after play during team drills.

Rahim Moore is a hard-hitting safety that plays with some swagger on the field but is a very personable kid off the field.


USC recruits DJ Shoemate and Matt Kalil.


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