Presley Welcomes Competition

Carson HS tight end Morrell Presley was one of several recruits in attendance at the Trojan Huddle last weekend and came away impressed with the play on the field as well as the atmosphere at the Coliseum. SCPlaybook caught up with Presley to discuss USC and UCLA's spring games, Matt Barkley and his plan to enroll early.

Carson HS tight end Morrell Presley became one of the first players in the 2009 class to commit to the Trojans when he made his decision last June. Since making his commitment Presley has become a familiar face around the USC practice field watching his future teammates and picking up any insight he can.

"I'm listening to everything he has to say and all of his coaches," Presley said about Pete Carroll. "I think he's a person that I can listen to and he can teach me and probably get me to the next level. I'm just going to listen to him and take in everything he has to offer."

The 6-3.5, 215-pound tight end was one of several recruits in attendance at the Trojan Huddle last weekend and came away impressed with the play on the field as well as the atmosphere at the Coliseum.

"It was cool," Presley said of USC's spring scrimmage. "I liked the high-intensity. There was a big crowd and it was a good atmosphere."

Presley, a real student of the game, spent most of his time focused on the tight ends and was happy with the way they were utilized during the scrimmage.

"I like how they use them, the tight ends caught most of the balls. They had a lot of catches so I was pleased with that," he said.

After attending the Trojan Huddle last weekend, Presley made the trip across town to catch UCLA's spring game this Saturday.

While he enjoyed the experience at the Rose Bowl and said that both are great schools, he insisted that USC fans have nothing to worry about because he is totally committed to being a Trojan.

When asked what separates USC from the other programs around the nation Presley answered, "The whole atmosphere and how they carry themselves when they are on the field. They're the best, they play like they're the best and act like they're the best. There is a lot of competition out there and I like to compete."

The desire to compete against the best is what drew him to USC and he looks forward to battling for playing time when he arrives on campus next year.

"I'm going to go compete. I'm not worried about that because wherever I go I'm going to outwork anybody ahead of me," Presley said about USC's depth.

The savvy tight end is doing everything that he can to get an edge on the competition. Presley is currently taking extra classes on the weekend so he can enroll early at USC and participate in spring practices in 2009.

He has also struck up a great friendship with the nation's top recruit, and his future quarterback, Matt Barkley. Barkley and Presley get together for throwing sessions every weekend and have already developed a chemistry that will no doubt pay dividends in the future at USC.

"I have been working out with him every Saturday so we are getting that chemistry right now," Presley said of the Mater Dei quarterback.

"I was relieved," Presley said when he learned Barkley had committed to USC. "I know that when I get there (USC) I will have the top quarterback in the nation."


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