Plain and simply put, USC wants as many of its committed players competing their tails off on from the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon for the 2014 NIKE OPENING High School prospect camp.
Recognized as the most prestigious assortment of talent in the upcoming recruiting class, the Trojans are locked with commits, heavy targets and possible stars in the making. We definitely recommend keeping your eyes set on the television and twitter as the top 162 high school football players in the nation will compete in an assortment of drills.
Taking a quick ride in the recruiting time machine, current Trojans Damien Mama, JuJu Smith, Adoree' Jackson, John Plattenburg and Jonathan Lockett all participated in last years festivities. The year before that, Max Browne put on an impressive display slinging the rock, and the list goes on and on with would-be USC prospects.
Cardinal and Gold Commits To Watch
COMMIT: Five-Star QB Ricky Town (St. Bonaventure)
FULL TOWN BREAKDOWN (USC's No. 1 QB Commit)
Town has major tools, and that can be seen in the NFL-type throws in which he fits the ball into tight windows down the field. If Town continues to develop, he has the physical tools to be one of the best quarterbacks in college football down the line. --SB Nation Recruiting Analysis
COMMIT: Five-Star OT Chuma Edoga (McEastern High School)
FULL EDOGA BREAKDOWN (USC's Top OL Commit)
Edoga has some of the best reactive quickness for an offensive lineman that I have seen at the high school level. He is very light and quick on his feet, able to change direction with small, controlled steps, as well as redirect his momentum. --SB Nation Recruiting
COMMIT: Four-Star LB Cameron Smith (Granite Bay High School)
FULL SMITH BREAKDOWN (USC's 8th Commitment)
Smith is a linebacker recruit blessed with phenomenal size. He's an instinctual player with good versatility. This trait shows up on tape in his ability to affect the game in multiple facets. As far as the foundation of Smith's game is concerned, his primary role projects to be as an interior thumper. That said, he's a coordinated athlete with body control, who flashes some change of direction in close quarters. --SB Nation Recruiting
Five-Star Trojan Targets
Five-Star DT Rasheem Green (Junipero Serra High School)
Five-Star ILB John Houston Jr. (Junipero Serra High School)
Houston is one of the many Serra players you want to keep an eye on this season. The five-star linebacker prospect can cover the field sideline-to-sideline and plays with great instincts on defense. He's very adept at slipping blockers coming at him with subtle swim moves that could transition well into the Trojans 3-4 scheme. Last season Houston finished the year with 137 total tackles (55 solo), and his highlights are just downright filthy to watch and they can be seen right here.
Five-Star DE Keisean Lucier-South(Orange Lutheran High School)
Bud Elliot of SB Recruiting Nation says that the local 6-foot-6 edge pass rusher has a "very high motor and flashes really good speed in space, excelling in backside pursuit. He can redirect his momentum very well when quarterbacks have either stepped up into the pocket or are trying to escape it."
Five-Star DB Iman "Biggie" Marshall (Long Beach Poly)
Iman Marshall is really good at football, and like his Long Beach Poly counterpart JuJu Smith, you can really put him anywhere on the football field. The best way to translate his combination of size and quickness, the "Biggie" nickname, focuses on the fact that his quick feet and fluid hips allow him to adjust on almost every ball thrown in his area. These season highlights show the best stuff, but trust that Marshall is one of those "IT PLAYERS" USC would love to recruit.
Five-Star DT Kahlil McKenzie (Clayton Valley High School, De La Salle Transfer)
Kahlil McKenzie is a tank up the middle who can bang with some of the best offensive line prospects in the nation. After absolutely dominating his peers or what was left of them at the Oakland NFTC, McKenzie is one of the premier defensive line prizes in this year's recruiting class. Bud Elliot feels that McKenzie is at his best when activates his length and uses his tremendous leg drive to power to the ball through contact. So we can't wait for the OL/DL 1x1 drills during the Opening.
Four-Star Prospects Still On The Board
Playing press coverage at the college level, he'll likely have to play aggressively with his hands at the line of scrimmage. He's a bit high cut, therefore a long strider. He doesn't show the burst in short areas to mirror more explosive receivers through their initial release. --SB Nation Scouting Report
Four-Star OT Andre James (Herriman High School, Utah)
On film he often appears to be the fastest player on the field and runs away from opposing players in the instances in which he has the ball in his hands, so even though he might not necessarily have elite track speed, his long speed isn't a question at all. Even more impressive, perhaps, is Langley's fluidity and quickness. He has elite-level, quick-twitch explosiveness. He's a smooth mover who effortlessly changes direction. --SB Nation Recruiting
St. Brown has plus-level ball skills. He picks up the ball early in flight and has the body control to adjust his frame, so he is able to get proper positioning and attack the ball at its highest point. --SB Nation Recruiting Insight
Other Notable Players Eyeing USC
Four-Star S Marvell Tell (Crespi High School)
Among his 20 Division One offers, Tell lists USC, UCLA and Washington State among his three favorites. The local product is currently rated as the No. 3 safety in the country in the 247 Sports Composite Rankings and at the 2014 Oakland NFTC, he put up at 108.74 SPARQ Rating which included a 37.5 inch vertical jump.
Four-Star 6-3, 325 OL Lester Cotton (Tuscaloosa Central, Alabama)
Three-Star WR Cordell Broadus (Bishop Gorman High School)