McDonald, Presley Star at UA/Scout Combine

Of all the talented prospects that were on hand, it was two USC commits who stole the show and displayed why the Trojans 2009 recruiting class has a chance to be a truly special group. Carson HS tight end Morrell Presley and Fresno Edison HS safety T.J. McDonald both looked dominant at times during one-on-one drills and were the matchup to watch.

On Saturday, the Home Depot Center was the epicenter for high school football on the West Coast. Two-hundred of the top players in California arrived in Carson, CA to prove themselves against the best at the Under Armour/Scout Los Angeles Combine.

Of all the talented prospects that were on hand, it was two USC commits who stole the show and displayed why the Trojans 2009 recruiting class has a chance to be a truly special group. Carson HS tight end Morrell Presley and Fresno Edison HS safety T.J. McDonald both looked dominant at times during one-on-one drills and were the matchup to watch.


Morrell Presley makes the catch.
Morrell Presley, a four-star tight end that committed to USC nearly a year ago, worked out with the wide receivers and as expected was too physical for the smaller corners but was also able to use his speed and crisp route running skills to get separation.

"It was cool to see myself against the top corners," Presley said. "It felt good going up against guys that I know are good, and guys that have been working as hard as me, and to still do what I was able to do. It made me feel good but I know I have to keep working."

After watching his rating drop in Scout's latest Top 300 rankings, Presley wanted to make a statement on Saturday and did with his dominant play and impressive forty time of 4.53.

"I felt like I came out here focused. I'm still hungry like everybody else and I felt like I had something to prove," said Presley.

While the consensus was that Presley was the top perform of the day, four-star safety T.J. McDonald wasn't far behind.

McDonald is known for being a hard-hitting safety that is great in run support but today he proved that he has the speed and footwork to excel in pass coverage as well. McDonald continually jammed receivers off the line of scrimmage and was able to get them out of their routes.

"I think I did OK, I think I could have done better," said the always humble T.J. McDonald.


USC commit T.J. McDonald
For McDonald and Presley, the only players that they seemed to have trouble against were each other.

The Trojan commits matched up against each other twice during the one-on-one drills with the outcome being a draw.

"The first time he got me and banged me up a little but after that I got right and caught the ball," said Presley.

As for McDonald's take on the competition, "He got me once and I got him once. Morrell is a great tight end and it was just good to go up against some of the top guys in the West."

For both players, the Scout Combines are a chance to test themselves against the top players on the West Coast and an opportunity to represent USC's 2009 class.

"It's cool everyone knowing who you are," McDonald said about being committed to USC. "I didn't really feel much pressure. I just knew that I had to come out here and perform and stay focused the whole time."

Presley and McDonald will next get to compete against each other at USC's Rising Stars Camp which starts June 25th.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden
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