On Wednesday, the defensive players at USC's Rising Stars Camp shined brightly throughout the day, but on Thursday, the offense returned the favor.
Several players made impressive work of the morning session, none more so than Ontario (Calif.) Colony receiver Kenneth Scott, who made catch after catch during the 1-on-1s, whether they were short routes, post or fade routes. Scott has a handful of offers, and while USC didn't offer yet, his performance definitely earned him kudos from the coaching staff.
Another player who impressed throughout the day was Deche Milburn, who's now in the Houston area after playing as a junior in Phoenix. Milburn didn't drop a ball, constantly got open, threw several good head fakes to make the corners bite, and had a couple of touchdowns. On one play, he had a pretty post route that put him past Dietrich Riley for the score.
Dillon Baxter, the USC commit from Mission Bay HS in San Diego finally had a day where the quarterbacks threw his direction, and physically, he's so tough to jam and he did a great job getting behind the secondary. He's got excellent hands and his athleticism allowed him to make a couple of nice grabs.
Bobby Ratliff from Etiwanda also had a good morning, showing good hands and doing really well in his route running.
The quarterbacks were much sharper on Thursday, and looked much more crisp in their passing.
Lakewood (Calif.) quarterback Jesse Scroggins showed marked improvement and had a good day. He showed off his live arm, but suffered from drops from his receivers. He did a great job of placing the ball where his receivers could get it, and looked sharp all morning. Scroggins was offered by the Trojans when the day was done.
But it wasn't just Scroggins who looked good, as Kingsburg (Calif.) passer Tyler Bray and San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Chase Rettig also had good showings. North Carolina native Jeremy Cannon is physically, an impressive looking kid and he had a strong outing on Thursday as did Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala passer Ryan Orozco and 2011 prospect Cody Kessler.
Ronald Powell is the elite pass rusher in California, but he also dabbled in some tight end and looked smooth running his routes and in catching the ball.
Up front, the offensive linemen returned the favor after the defensive linemen shined on Wednesday.
Elite 2011 prospect Christian Westerman from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton, who ended up with a verbal offer, more than held his own on the day, winning nearly every 1-on-1, including 3-of-5 from Greg Townsend of Beverly Hills.
On the defensive side of the ball, Townsend stood out the majority of the day, on one particular 1-on-1, blowing past the tackle untouched.
Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr defensive end Devaughn Hanley also had a real nice afternoon. Jalen Grimble from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman had a second strong showing and Tre Hale from La Verne (Calif.) Damien also had some good moments.
At linebacker, Josh Shirley from Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser and Powell held down the fort for most of the day but Culver City (Calif.) linebacker Victor Burnett and San Jose (Calif.) Wilcox backer Anthony Pohahau shined on numerous occasions. Justin Maclin, the LSU commit, also had a nice morning.
In the secondary, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser cornerback Anthony Brown had the day he had hoped for and earned an offer as a corner when the day was done from the Trojans, joining his teammate Josh Shirley in getting an offer from the Trojans.
Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton safety Devon Carrington had some real nice break ups in the 1-on-1s and had another break up in the 7-on-7, making a good recovery and using quick hands to knock the ball away.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan cornerback Deshawn Beck was a pain for the quarterbacks, picking off two passes, including one really nice one where he made a quick break on the ball for a pick six, then evaded the trailing receivers.
Dietrich Riley had some good moments when playing safety, after struggling a bit as a corner. But when he was moved to safety, he looked much more comfortable.
Dion Bailey from Lakewood had two good breakups, including one from his teammate Scroggins, nearly picking the ball off.
Sean Parker, the five-star safety from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne was there, but sat out with turf toe and elite 2011 prospect George Farmer from Gardena (Calif.) Serra was also in attendance but didn't work out.