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USC Recruiting: High School Roundup WEEK OF AUGUST 28

The high school football season is underway for most schools, here’s our weekly look at how several USC class of 2016 commits performed under the Friday night lights.

MIQUE JUAREZ - LB (North Torrance, CA)

Result: Lost to Redondo Union (21-26)

Mique will play linebacker at the next level, but he lined up all over the field last week. Because he is far and away the best player on North he pretty much does it all. He was the team's punter, their kick and punt returner, their quarterback, and played multiple positions on defense (LB, S, DE). He threw a 66-yard TD pass and ran for a couple of scores (including a 26 yarder), but also battled multiple injuries throughout the game.

Stats of Note: 3 total TDs (2 rushing, 1 passing), 1 INT thrown


Result: Defeated John Glenn (38-14)

Daelin and his teammates dispatched John Glenn high school with ease this past week. He played on both sides of the ball and it sounds like he had a pretty good game based on this report by Evan Paputa of "The D Zone." It's also worth noting that he set his official visit to Notre Dame last week. He will visit the Irish the weekend of the USC game (probably a good thing for the Trojans instead of any other week). He also mentioned that Michigan State is still in the hunt for his services.

Stats of Note: N/A

TYLER VAUGHNS - WR (Bishop Amat, CA)

Result: Lost to Mater Dei (21-24)

Amat's passing attack never really got off the ground against the Monarchs last Friday night, but Vaughns did show off his incredible hands, hauling in multiple acrobatic catches including a 30-yard reception with a cornerback draped all over his back. But Mater Dei's defense was dominant. They did a great job of bracketing him and teammate Trevon Sidney in coverage and limiting them to very few big plays. It doesn't help that Bishop Amat utilizes a dual-QB system and neither had a great game. There were plenty of missed throws from both QBs and they combined for 3 INTs.

Stats of Note: 6 receptions, 62 yards

TREVON SYDNEY - WR (Bishop Amat, CA)

Result: Lost to Mater Dei (21-24)

As mentioned above, Mater Dei's defense was able to prevent Sidney and Vaughs from getting loose. Trevon only had a couple of catches, but his speed and shiftiness were on full display when he did get the ball. He had a 35-yard kickoff return and long punt return to set up an Amat scoring drive. He also might have had a TD catch if he wasn't interfered with on a deep corner route. Sidney doesn't have the size of teammate Vaughns, but he makes up for it with his obvious playmaking ability.

Stats of Note: 4 receptions, 14 yards / 2 PR, 29 yards (long: 25 yards) / 1 KR, 35 yards


Result: Defeated Bishop Amat (24-21)

Mater Dei's methodical rushing attack was the focus of their offense all night and Frank Martin was a huge part of their success. Martin, who was playing through an unspecified injury, flashed great athleticism while consistently engaging defenders at the second level. When the Monarchs did pass the ball he didn't allow any pressure from the left side. Behind the veteran leader Martin and a young offensive line that features three sophomores, Mater Dei rushed for 3 TDs and dominated the point of attack, so much so that at one point they possessed the ball for 11 and a half minutes (12 minute quarters in HS) in the third quarter.

Stats of Note: N/A

We Are SC has a great write up on his game here:

MICHAEL PITTMAN - WR/DB (Oaks Christian, CA)

Result: Defeated Notre Dame (41-34)

Oaks Christian found themselves trailing the Notre Dame Knights for most of the game until Pittman basically took over and single-handily led the Lions to a late victory. Pittman has an elite combination of size and speed and he showed it off all night by breaking tackles left and right and turning short screens and slants into 20+ yard gains. He really made his mark in the 4th quarter where he scored all 3 of his TDs including a 37-yard TD catch and run on a short screen, a game-tying circus catch on a short fade with 1:08 left in the game, and the game-winning 38-yard TD on a go route with 20 seconds left. His presence wasn't felt as much on the defensive side of the ball, but he was so dominant on offense that it didn't need to be.

Stats of Note: 9 receptions, 178 yards, 3 TDs / 5 KR, 125 yards (long: 42 yards)

VELUS JONES - WR (Saraland, AL)

Result: Defeated Daphne (21-14))

Velus and his Saraland squad defeated the Daphne Trojans in a tightly fought contest that came down to the final minute. Their offense struggled to find traction while the Daphne front consistently pressured Saraland's new starting QB, who is just a sophomore. Jones did show off some shiftiness and explosive speed during a 30-yard punt return. He also pulled down 3 receptions for 82 yards and a 27.3 ypr average, a testament to his ability to be a deep threat.

Stats of Note: 3 receptions, 82 yards / 1 PR, 30 yards

LIAM JIMMONS - DE (Huntington Beach, CA)

Result: Defeated West Adams (57-14)

Jimmons had a decent night while his team dominated West Adams. He was credited with 3 tackles and a forced fumble (even though he didn't cause the fumble and also should have easily recovered it but didn't). In my opinion, Jimmons has the size and athleticism to be a really productive player at the college level. He's not as highly rated as other players in the class because of the talent his high school plays against, but he could be a sleeper to keep an eye out for.

Stats of Note: 3 tackles, 1 FF


Result: Defeated North Cobb (29-28)

After a strong debut two weeks ago (4 receptions, 68 yards, 1 TD), Imatorbhebhe had a relatively quiet night against North Cobb. He handled the kickoff return duties for the first time this year and had two long catches, both of which were highlight material. The first was an Odell Beckham-esque one-handed catch in traffic and the second was a juggling slant across the middle that he somehow held on to. Gwinnett is a run-first team that doesn't throw the ball very often (only 12 completions per game so far), but Imatorbhebhe is their leading receiver through 2 games (6 receptions, 114 yards, 19.0 ypr).

Stats of Note: 2 receptions, 46 yards

KEYSHON CAMP - DT (Lake Gibson, FL)

Result: Lost to Kathleen (19-27)

Keyshon looked unblockable at times in his first game of the year. He lined up at both DE and DT in a 4-3 front and was a disruptive force against the pass and rush. He showed a great motor, running down the ball carrier after they had already run passed him on multiple occasions. His quickness for a big man was also on full display, he had no trouble tracking down a scrambling QB after he escaped the pocket. He blew by guards, tackles, and tight ends alike, forced a fumble, and was just generally dominant all night. He also hits really, really hard. I had never seen Keyshon play before and I came away very impressed. I guess you don't get the nickname "Mr. Tackle for Loss" without some impressive performances here and there.

Stats of Note: 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QBH, 2 TFL, 1 FF


Result: Lost to St. John Bosco (71-8)

Keanu's team was steamrolled by St. John Bosco. La Mirada has not yet released their stats from the game and there isn't a ton available information so it's tough to know how Saleapaga performed. According to Gerard Martinez of Keanu had at least two tackles and a QB hurry though.

Stats of Note: 2 tackles, 1 QB hurry (?)

MVP OF THE WEEK: Michael Pittman