The Official USC Trojans Thread
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I'm looking at his highlights like
Doesn't seem like a power back and doesn't appear to have that much speed. Getting brought down on them desperation leg tackles like Silas. They were slow motioning them cuts I was like
But he is 6'3 215-220 and young. He has a chance to bulk up a lil more. But Justin Davis on the other hand cuts on a dime and has excellent acceleration. I loved his film.
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WASHINGTON D.C. - Five-star Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne is just weeks away from the start of his career as a USC Trojan, and this weekend he got a taste of what to expect during his official visit to the school.
Browne flew directly from his official visit to Washington D.C. to join the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Player of the Year tour, and recapped his weekend in Southern California.
Max Browne will enroll at USC in January.
"It was cool to be able to experience some of the social stuff with the other guys and get to know them before I head down there," Browne said. "It was just what I expected - a fun balance of football, social life and academics. I enjoyed it and can't wait to get down there in January."
Browne is set to enroll at USC in January. He will then be able to take part in the Trojan's spring football practice, where he will battle with the likes of Max Wittek and Cody Kessler to see who a.ssumes the starting role in the wake of Matt Barkley's graduation.
"We didn't really talk about it, but I hung out with (Max) Wittek a little bit," Browne said. "Obviously he has one start under his belt. I think both of those guys are going to have a little bit of experience on me, but I'm trying to make it a good competition.
"With the spot open and Matt leaving for the NFL, there's a good opportunity. But like I've said all along, Cody and Max are at USC for a reason - just like myself. It is a great quarterback school and whoever goes out there and starts week one, I'm sure USC is going to be in good hands."
Of course, Browne's early enrollment will also allow him to get acclimated with taking college courses and working in a college training program nine months before his freshman season begins.
"Going in early definitely helps me with the extra time in the weight room," he said. "Going through the tours on academics, it's not so much what they can offer you, but will they will offer you. They had the plans with my classes and football and the training regimen that I will have. It was a little preview of what will happen when I get down there in a few weeks."
Also making official visits to USC this weekend were Trojans commits Ty Isaac, Justin Davis, Su'a Cravens, Chris Hawkins, Kylie Fitts, as well as former USC commit Max Redfield and Texas five-star defensive tackle commit A'Shawn Robinson.
The quarterback recruit in each class is often looked upon as a leader, and Browne made sure he spent time building the bond with his future teammates, while also encouraging the non-commits to join him at USC.
"You never know what is going to happen the next couple months with signing day approaching, but all those guys are solid," Browne said. "Obviously A'Shawn's deal is different and Max Redfield is a little bit different.
"With guys like that, they know the deal. I have taken the approach this whole recruiting process of sitting back. What USC offers can stand up to any school, and I don't need to tell them that. I was just there making sure they were experiencing everything and seeing everything that I saw and I think those guys like it. Obviously those two guys are great players and hopefully this week helped us in recruiting them.
The Trojans did not have the type of year they were hoping for in 2012, finishing the regular season 7-5 after starting ranked No. 1 in preseason polls. Browne said the focus of this weekend's official visit was on the future of the program.
"In the offensive meeting I had with them, they touched on the fact that the games they were losing was the matter of one or two plays," Browne said. "I think the difference between this year and past years was that the turnovers were a lot worse.
"They didn't really touch on this current year as much, but mostly were looking towards the future. This year, the biggest thing is we are bringing in a lot of d-linemen and that is an area of need, as they would say. It's just cool to know that the future is bright if we can lock down this recruiting class."
The future starts next month for Browne when he enrolls at USC full-time, and this past weekend's trip stoked his excitement for that impending reality.
"The last thing we did last night was walk down the Coliseum tunnel at night, and that stuff gets you going," Browne said. "I committed to USC just looking forward to being a Trojan and it is crazy I will be down there in a month, but it is exciting and I am looking forward to it."
In the meantime, Browne has been afforded several exciting opportunities in the next month, starting with this week's U.S. Army Player of the Year Tour in Washington D.C., followed by the Army Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 5.
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Mission Viejo (Calif.) five-star safety Max Redfield officially visited USC over the weekend. Following the Diablo's 115-50 basketball victory over University, Redfield's attention was turned to football recruiting.
This past weekend, Redfield took, in his words, a long awaited official visit to USC.
"The USC visit I just took was fun," he said. "I have two teammates that I used to play with that are up there right now. One of my hosts was Tre Madden who went to Mission Viejo and we had a lot of fun together.
"It was cool seeing all the guys and there were a bunch of recruits there for football. There were probably about nine commits there, so it was a lot of fun being with them too.
"I wanted to see more of the academic side, what I would be getting there. I got really in depth there and it was good to see more of the academic side than the football side."
Going into the visit Friday, Notre Dame was Redfield's favorite school followed by USC, Washington and Ohio Satte. With his official visit to USC in the books, Redfield has narrowed down his options to two schools.
"Pretty much it is between Notre Dame and USC right now," Redfield said. "I am planning on making a decision on Jan. 5 at the Under Armour Game. I am torn 50/50 right now. I honestly don't know where I am going to go to college."
Redfield thoroughly enjoyed his official visit to Notre Dame back in October.
"Well obviously [Notre Dame] has great tradition, a wonderful football program right now and great academics as well," he said. "I just liked the team chemistry they had there and I had a lot of fun with their guys.
"I felt like I could fit in with them really well. I had a lot of fun up there and the atmosphere was great."
Max Redfield's No.1 sport used to be basketball.
Then in November, f!ghting Irish head coach Brian Kelly came out to see Redfield.
"[His visit] was good. We didn't have too much time to see each other because they are not allowed to see me before a competition and he came to a basketball game," Redfield said. "But after I saw him briefly and we just talked a little bit. He had a great in-home with my parents, they liked him a lot."
USC head coach Lane Kiffin should be meeting with Redfield for his in-home visit in the near future.
"Probably sometime this week or maybe the weekend because they have that dead period after that," Redfield said.
Torn between two options, Redfield tried to explain how he will go about his decision process.
"I might be getting to an emotional decision, which I need to get away [from] and pretty much just narrow it down to a business decision," he said. "Take away pretty much just the factors that are extremely important and will help me with the rest of my life."
With such a big decision ahead, Redfield uses basketball as a reprieve from recruiting.
In the blowout win on the hardwood Tuesday, Redfield scored nine points on four of seven shooting with five rebounds, four a.ssists, two blocked shots and a steal.
"Basketball was actually my No. 1 sport going into high school," Redfield said. "I have always loved basketball and I love playing with these guys."
Many of the skills he hones on the hard court help Redfield on the gridiron.
"Endurance, just running back and forth more in basketball than football, footwork and hand-eye coordination and ball skills translate a lot [to football]," he said.
Ryan Abraham is the publisher of USCFootball.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @insidetroy.
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Skyline quarterback Max Browne named player of the year
Max Browne, who led Skyline to the past two Class 4A state football titles, was named Gatorade National Football Player of the Year on Tuesday. Browne, who will play at USC next fall, was honored in a ceremony at Skyline High School.
Skyline quarterback Max Browne has racked up championships and passing records during his brilliant high school career. And now the USC-bound senior is adding a prestigious national honor to his resume.
Browne today was named the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year. He was presented the award in the school's theater on the Sammamish campus, with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and classmates in attendance.
The only other player from Washington State to earn the Gatorade national award, which has been presented since 1985, is former Puyallup High School quarterback Brock Huard in 1994-95. Huard starred at the University of Washington and then played in the NFL for Seattle and Indianapolis from 2000 to 2003.
Browne led Skyline to three consecutive 4A state title games, and the Spartans won the last two of them. They beat Skyview of Vancouver in 2011 and, earlier this month, defeated Bellarmine Prep, 49-24, to cap a 14-0 season.
Browne completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Bellarmine, setting 4A title-game records for passing yards and touchdowns. He finished his career with 12,951 passing yards, eighth all-time nationally, and surpassing DeSales' Brian Lindgren (12,575 from 1996-98) as the state's career passing leader.
And that's just the beginning of the story for Browne, who also set the state record for career completions with 882, surpassing former Prosser and Boise State star Kellen Moore. Browne threw for 4,526 yard and 49 touchdowns this season, completing 277 of 377 passes while throwing just five interceptions. His career total of 146 touchdowns is third-highest in state history.
Not surprisingly, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Browne is the nation's top-ranked high school quarterback, and will compete next year to succeed Matt Barkley at USC.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes academic achievement and "exemplary character on and off the field" in addition to athletic excellence. Browne maintains a 3.5 GPA at Skyline and volunteers locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Generation Joy.
The state of Washington has had two national Gatorade winners in soccer — Chris Henderson of Cascade in Everett (1988-89) and Nick Downing of Eastlake in Redmond (1997-98). Susan Anderson of Mount Baker was the national winner for girl's basketball in 1985-86.
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Those cleats are awful looking, we'll see how they look in action. I've always been a fan of our black cleats but gotta keep up with the times/recruits. They want different looks and uniforms. Might even be rocking some Alternates next year for a game from what I read. All white... I'm all for it as long as it looks good.
I like those cleats even less than the ones with the silver just too much going on
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Aiming to take over the nation's number one offensive guard spot, and if day one is any indication, that goal might not be too far out of reach.
Enjoying his experience thus far, Rodgers is most concerned with gelling with his teammates and bringing home a victory for the East Squad.
"It's going real well," said the road grading offensive lineman. "We're gelling as a team and we keep going and getting stronger and stronger."
When it comes to the level of competition Rodgers will line up against, it is safe to say that the U.S Army All-American Game presents a far greater set of challenges than his native Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy. Ask Rodgers, however, and he will be waiting with open arms to any and all comers.
"The competition is only going to make me better," said Rodgers. "Just all around, because the better the competition is only going to make everything better."
Foreign to Rodgers is playing alongside the top offensive linemen nationwide, something he can gladly get used to.
"It's unique as well because we're all the best lineman in our states coming together," said Rodgers as he glanced toward his counterparts along the line. "The continuity is getting better and better each time. So we're just gelling right now and getting ready for the game."
Facing off against the nation's top defensive linemen during the one-on-one portion of practice, Rodgers had this to say about the much anticipated event.
"We definitely rocked out yesterday during the one-on-ones," said an excited Rodgers. "We're out there going hard right to now to so it's good."
In the rarest of occasions, teammates and USC commitments Kenny Bigelow and Rodgers were able to square up against one another, although the outcome of the battle depends on who you ask.
"Yeah I pancaked him yesterday," said Rodgers with a laugh. "I gave him a little pancake but it's all good because we're having fun out here but going hard at the same time."
Before Rodgers could walk away with bragging rights, USC commitment Kenny Bigelow had his take on the "so called" pancake.
"Oh man let me explain to you what happened in that situation," said Bigelow, a good sport about it. "He didn't pancake me. We were running stunts and I didn't go the right way, and then I had three linemen fall on top of me."
Often times the largest road block to the success of an Army All-American is learning a completely new system. In Rodgers' case, it's a whole new blocking scheme to pick up.
"At my school we just run power face up," said Rodgers of his Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy blocking schemes. "This is more of a rip and run, stretch type of thing. It really doesn't matter to me, as long as I'm getting the job done."
With senior quarterback Matt Barkley sidelined, The Trojans took to the field for the 79th annual Sun Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. With recruits tuned in and bragging rights on the line, the Trojans fell to Georgia Tech 21-7. The recruits' reaction spread across the board, but Rodgers has a unique take on the recent loss.
"I didn't get to watch it but I got my SportsCenter updates," said Rodgers. "That was a tough loss. I just felt like each team prepared hard but Georgia Tech prepared more for it. So I guess next year we come back harder."
As far as the potential recruiting effects from the bowl game loss, Rodgers had this to say.
"We were kind of embarrassed because other players who had bowl games they were clowning us and all that," he said. "It really doesn't matter to us though. I don't think any of our recruits will turn their back on USC, we just have to worry about when we get there."
With 13 Army All-Americans currently committed to USC, Rodgers is beginning to develop relationships that will carry on throughout his collegiate career.
"It's funny," said Rodgers with his signature grin. "We just did a commercial yesterday and we had blooper reels and it was off the chain. It was crazy. We were all joining together because we're like a family here."
Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for many more updates from the Army Bowl.
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Kenny Bigelow dominated Monday and Tuesday afternoon
Two of those commits, Kenny Bigelow and Jason Hatcher, have been under the tutelage of East Christian head coach Dwyane Thomas.
Thomas knows Bigelow extremely well, and looked at this week's event as an opportunity to build the five-star defensive tackle beyond his high school five-star status.
"Kenny is an extremely physical, explosive athlete," said Thomas. "I know coming into a situation like this, if you're not an offensive lineman that can handle a guy with his type of motor and explosiveness, you're going to have a problem blocking him.
"He has the skill and God given ability. When you get around better competitors it has to make you better. Often, it will make you the best. For me, it's all about just getting these guys out here to compete.
"See these kids all know each other from combines and camps, where they've all competed against each other. So when you get into this arena, with more of a realistic view of football with pads on, you find out where you are in the pecking order. A guy like Kenny is at the top."
While Thomas knows Bigelow well having coached him in high school at Eastern Christian and Red Lion, he also knew Jason Hatcher coming into this week.
"I met Jason down at a USC camp, and I know the reputation he has coming from the high school football program he does. I know he is a highly motivated and very disciplined individual.
"What I see in his game is that his quickness is a problem for people and he's knowledgeable of the game. He doesn't come out there off the edge like some nitwit. Jason understands what he's trying to get done.
"He's a Dwight Freeney type player, who is a little challenged height wise, but he's very physical in a five technique and I can see what USC likes about him."
Thomas is not only familiar with Bigelow and Hatcher, but he has known USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron for 20-years.
Thomas knows USC, and he knows what Orgeron wants in his defensive linemen.
"The transition from me to Ed Orgeron is going to be seamless," said Thomas. "For Kenny, I've been very demanding of him. I've got my hands around his neck, and he doesn't know from hugging him or choking him. From time to time, I'm doing one or the other.
Jason Hatcher is still emphatic about his commitment to USC
"Assisting Kenny in his decision, I wanted to make sure he was getting a high demanding, high energy, high motor type of guy. I think the sky is the limit for Kenny Bigelow."
Losing games, losing commits?
It was a blustery day at the East practice - too blustery for defensive end Jason Hatcher. While kids from Virginia and Pennsylvania remarked at how nice the weather was Tuesday, Hatcher disagreed.
"Man, it's cold," said Hatcher. "I'm a Prima Donna when it comes to being cold. I hate the cold. That's why I'm going to California."
When asked if he was originally from California, Hatcher replied, "No man, Southern Cal. I'm a Trojan baby."
USC's loss to Georgia Tech Monday was embarrassing for many of the Trojans committed recruits in San Antonio, but Hatcher, as usual, went beyond the quip and explained his thoughts further.
"I don't want to hurt anyone's feeling by the comment I make, but I look at USC's misfortune this season as a need for defensive talent," said Hatcher. "They need guys to come in and make plays. I think we have guys like that in this class. Guys that can rush the passers and stop the run."
Being in a room with 80 other all-stars, there's plenty of peer pressure to turn away from USC.
"There is peer pressure, but I know where I want to go," said Hatcher. "I'm still taking my visits, but it's going to be really, really hard for me to change my mind. I know where I want to go."
Ramsey proving his ranking
Five-star East cornerback Jalen Ramsey is rated No. 3 at his position nationally, and after two days of practices, he may be underrated.
Jalen Ramsey is making a push for nation's No. 1 corner this week
"I just have to worry about myself out here," said Ramsey. "The linebackers are good, the defensive line is good, so I know they're gonna handle their business.
"I see all of these people out here working hard, so that just motivates me. I like being around successful people. It's good competition, very good competition. Mackensie [Alexander], Eli [Apple] and Kendall [Fuller]."
Like Hatcher, Ramsey saw the USC loss to Georgia Tech Monday and pulled no punches in describing his post-game reaction.
"Lets be real, you can't lie about it, the loss was embarrassing," said Ramsey. "But it was a whole team effort and you can't blame one person, like people were trying to do.
"With us [recruits], we feel like we can come in and help. When we watch a game like that, we feel like, 'I would have made this play or that play. I think it's all good right now."
Ramsey has one final official visit spot left, and at this point, his decision is not where to visit, but rather if he wants to visit at all.
"I'm just looking at Florida State for that last visit," said Ramsey. "Other schools are trying to get in there, but I don't want to start adding new schools to the mix. Really, it's just a matter of figuring out if I want to visit FSU or not."
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SAN ANTONIO, TX - As Army All-American Bowl practices began Monday, the dark clouds hovering over the West practice field seemed to foreshadow the Trojans loss in El Paso to Georgia Tech, 21-7.
Chris Hawkins did very well against the West's huge receivers
Back at the team hotel, six USC commits walked through the halls in a large, and somewhat dazed group.
"I think it shows they have a lot of room for improvement," saidKhaliel Rodgers, speaking first for the group. "I mean, yeah, it's a bad loss, but I think USC will be alright."
Trojan losses have been like water off a duck's back for Rodgers. He sees potential in each loss. Maybe more potential on offense than his Eastern Christian Academy teammate Kenny Bigelow.
"Yeah, that's on the offense in my opinion," said Bigelow. "The offense has Marqise Lee, Robert Woods, Silas Redd... all that talent and seven points? The game was... wow. I don't really know what happened in that game."
Four-star West cornerback commit Chris Hawkins agrees with Bigelow and followed up with his frustration over the Trojans play in 2012.
"I think it has to be on the offense," said Hawkins. "When you score seven points on offense, something is wrong. I mean, the defense held Georgia Tech to 21 points, including that punt return. The offense has to be better."
Five-star East cornerback Jalen Ramsey was very blunt about the Trojans' season, as well on how losses like Monday's can impact recruiting.
"USC had a bad season, lets just call it like it is," said Ramsey. "When you have a season like that, you can lose commits. It's what happens. I can see kids wanting to de-commit because of the loss, but I hope no one does.
"To me, it shows how much we [the 2013 class] are needed. It shows me how I can come in and make a difference next season."
With the Trojans' defensive commits putting the loss on the offense, West four-star wide out Steven Mitchell may have said it best.
"I think it's a team loss," said Mitchell.
But how does USC's final 2012 loss affect the Trojans future 2013 class in San Antonio.
"It doesn't affect me so much," said Ramsey. "I'm going to do my thing regardless, but it could affect other commits. We're all just hanging together now and talking about the game. Everybody wants to know what happened, and I guess we'll find out when the coaches get here Saturday."
West wet practice
USC's offense was painful to watch Monday, but the West offense didn't fair much better in soggy rain conditions in South Texas. With the air game grounded in team drills, West running back Justin Davisled a stacked West backfield to a good first practice.
"I've been out of football a couple of weeks, so it feels really great to get the football back in my hands," said Justin Davis. "I'm just getting use to the system, but like any other offense, it doesn't matter after you get the ball in your hands."
Justin Davis stood out among three very good runners for the West
Davis faced fellow USC commit Michael Hutchings and Notre Dame commit Jaylon Smith on a handful of occasions Monday.
"I've never seen those type of athletes at linebacker before in my league," laughed Davis. "It's a very good experience because I'm going to play against those type of guys every Saturday in college.
"I want to prove that running backs on the West are as good as anybody. The running backs from the East always get the hype, but I want to show I'm just as good as anyone."
The subject popping up the most with USC commits Monday was the recruitment of four-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes. Davis, like several other USC commits, felt Vanderdoes was leaning back toward USC.
"I think he wants to stay with USC, but I think he wanted to take a step back and re-evaluate his options," said Davis. "All of the recruits love USC, but all of the recruits here love USC. It's a top choice for a lot of people."
West quarterback Max Browne wears his commitment to USC on his sleeve, and is happy to be a part of such a large contingent of Trojan recruits in San Antonio.
"There's not a whole lot of recruiting talk, but when you get this many guys together, people will discuss who's going where," said Browne. "When we're all walking around, the other guys talk about us being the Trojan gang.
"The group as a whole is pretty solid, and we're trying to pick Eddie back up."
Browne also thinks USC has a good chance at getting Vanderdoes back on the 2013 commitment list.
"First and foremost, Eddie is a great kid, and I think he made the decision to open things up to be fair to himself," said Vanderdoes. "I know he is still considering USC and he committed there for a reason, which he hasn't lost completely.
"I know he is looking forward to his visit, and I'll already be on campus. It will be a good opportunity to get him down to USC and expose him to why he committed to the Trojans in the first place."
Ironically, Vanderdoes came to practice Monday wearing a baby blue shirt under his pads that said, "Unfinished Business." It was a gift shirt from Adidas, a sponsor of the Army All-American Bowl.
"It's funny because I got that same exact shirt and told my roommate, Thomas Tyner, I will never wear this, these are UCLA colors," said Browne.
Mitchell makes impression
While the quarterbacks were far from dazzling during the morning and afternoon rain soaked practices, West wide receiver Steven Mitchell managed to impress onlookers with his speed and hands.
Mitchell is quickly earning a reputation as the top wide receiver in California, if not the entire West region.
"I thought it was a productive day," said Mitchell. "I'm playing in the slot because I'm the smallest guy in the group. We have great wide outs, and they're all big guys. I think we'll do good in the game.
"Learning a different offense is tough, and blocking those big safeties and linebackers is tough, but I'm doing well.
"Chris [Hawkins] and I are also running back kicks. They called us out to do it, so hopefully we can make something happen there. Hopefully Chris will block for me," joked Mitchell.
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Four-star USC signee, Chris Hawkins from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) has one more high school football game to compete in before taking his talents to SC. He will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Monday was practice No. 1.
"Day 1 went good," Hawkins said. "We got out here and got our feet wet. We were able to get some practice in.
Lots to do for USC commit Chris Hawkins this week in San Antonio.
"We went over our schemes and what coverages we are running. The offense went over their plays and got some one-on-ones in and seven-on-seven. It was more of a get- your-feet-wet competitive day."
Hawkins was pleased and comfortable with the first day of work, competing with the best at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"I feel good," Hawkins said. "Coach Byers, from my school [Rancho Cucamonga], is one of the defensive coordinators, so the stuff he is inputting defensively is the stuff, we do at my school. I am very comfortable with it."
Hawkins represented California and USC really well the first day of practice. He showed why he belongs in this prestigious game.
"In one-on-ones, I think I went 4-1," Hawkins said. "The one that was caught was a four-yard sit, so I felt good.
"I almost had a pick at the back of the end zone, but I knocked it down instead. I felt like I did good, but there is always room to get better and room to improve."
One of the benefits of being on the West team for Hawkins is he gets to go up against a very talented group of wide receivers who are not only quick, but have tremendous size.
"Our receivers are big and physical," Hawkins said. "Derrick Griffin and Ricky Seals-Jones, they're massive. They are 6-foot-5 and weigh 200-plus pounds, but it is all technique with me.
"I don't care how big you are if I use my technique. The probability of you getting open is slim to none."
That being said, Hawkins thinks one from the West really stands out and this guy has more traditional size.
"The most impressive wide receiver is Steven Mitchell," Hawkins said. "Honestly, he is. Steven Mitchell is from the same area that I am from, the Pasadena area.
"He's good and one of the best in the country. I'm not saying that because he's a USC Trojan, but he really is one of the best in the country. He's so swift with his footwork that is what sets him apart from everybody else."
Hawkins is already signed, sealed and delivered to the Trojans. He will be one of USC's early enrollees and he is glad the recruiting process is behind him.
"I don't have any more questions about what schools are coming in or [which} am I favoring," Hawkins said. "I'm a USC Trojan and that's a fact."
Now that Hawkins is 100 percent a Trojan, he has been working the floor espousing the virtues of attending USC and to one wayward prospect specifically.
"Yesterday when I missed my plane, and another one was delayed, so Eddie Vanderdoes and I were on the same flight," Hawkins said. "We were talking the whole time about him hopefully coming back to USC. He said there was a good chance that he will.
"Eddie just didn't want to come into the recruiting process saying that he's 100 percent a Trojan while he is still entertaining other schools. I respect that as a man. Hopefully he gets back to be a Trojan again."
Hawkins is not alone in pursuing USC's prodigal son in trying to help him find his way back home.
"Everybody is on him [Vanderdoes], everybody," Hawkins said. "Eddie gets along with everybody, all of us. That's a good thing and hopefully, he feels at home and that he comes back."
Vanderdoes isn't the only one Hawkins and his future teammates are recruiting. They also haveA'Shawn Robinson and Hawkins' high school teammate, Tahaan Goodman in their sights.
"We were talking to Tahaan and A'Shawn," Hawkins said. "A'Shawn said that he's still committed to Texas, but hopefully he becomes a Trojan also."
Recruiting possible future Trojans isn't the only thing that Hawkins is expecting to do during his week in San Antonio.
"I expect to get better," Hawkins said. "My DB coach isn't here, but my goal is to get better and compete against the best. All the best receivers are on my team and the East team. I just want to compete and hopefully get better throughout the whole situation."
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Despite a downpour as well as a smoke-filled stadium following a car accident and fire a few yards away, the morning session of practice for the East squad at the U.S. Army All American Bowl was eventful. With the afternoon session in shells, there was plenty of action to evaluate. Led by Kenny Bigelow, here are the top East performers from Monday.
U.S. ARMY BOWL EAST TOP PERFORMERS
1. DT KENNY BIGELOW, ELKTON (MD.) EASTERN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Bigelow was physically dominant all day and made a living in the offensive backfield. His get-off was fast, he was extremely aggressive and he looked natural as a defensive tackle despite playing end for much of his career. He also batted down a pass and was effective against the run.
2. DB JALEN RAMSEY, BRENTWOOD (TENN.) BRENTWOOD ACADEMY
Ramsey was one of many tremendous defensive backs on the East squad in what is going to be a heated battle for supremacy and a starting nod. Ramsey used his size and long reach to disrupt plays, he showed excellent instincts in reading receivers routes and his pass deflection in the second session led to one of only a few interceptions on the day.
3. RB GREG BRYANT, DELRAY BEACH (FLA.) AMERICAN HERITAGE
Bryant missed the morning session for an unspecified reason, but he more than made up for it in the afternoon. Bryant showed amazing burst through the hole and his explosion as well as power was impressive. He does everything at 110 mph and reaches top speed very quickly. Bryant can also catch the ball well out of the backfield.
4. DB KENDALL FULLER, OLNEY (MD.) GOOD COUNSEL
While Ramsey is a bit more flashy than Fuller, there is little doubt that Kendall is technically the most sound of anyone. He never falls for double moves, seems to glide step-for-step with his opponent with little wasted effort and he plays the ball very well. Fuller had a few nice deflections and was arguably the most consistent of the defensive backs.
5. DE JONATHAN ALLEN, ASHBURN (VA.) STONE BRIDGE
Allen was active all day long and always seemed to be around the football, scooping up many errant snaps and fumbles. He has a very strong lower body, gets off the ball with explosion and always seems to be in great position. He's part of a very strong defensive line for the East.
6. DB MACKENSIE ALEXANDER, IMMOKALEE, FLA.
Alexander is a very physical defender and likes to make his presence felt off the line of scrimmage and even down the field. He closes very quickly on the ball, has excellent balance moving backward and he also has above average instincts. More of a gambler than Ramsey or Fuller, Alexander is fun to watch and very effective.
7. RB DERRICK GREEN, RICHMOND (VA.) HERMITAGE
Green is a bowling ball of a runner who is very strong North-South but has quick feet and good balance. Once he decides to hit a hole, and he is a decisive runner, he is a load to handle. It would have been nice to see some full contact because you could tell he would have shrugged off linebackers. Green ran hard and with excellent straight-line speed.
8. LB DANIEL MCMILLIAN, JACKSONVILLE (FLA.) FIRST COAST
McMillian showed off very quick-twitch athletic ability, especially in drills when asked to pivot, flip his hips and change direction. He was also very good in space and quick to the football throughout both sessions. He has pretty good size, a great frame to fill out with long arms and he can cover a lot of ground quickly.
9. RB TAQUAN MIZZELL, VIRGINIA BEACH (VA.) BAYSIDE
Mizzell worked out most of the day as a slot receiver and, as usual, he made some defenders look foolish. He was hard to check for linebackers and safeties in space and scored over two different defenders with great separation. Mizzell's footwork is still among the best even as the competition gets better and he could be a big play waiting to happen in the game itself.
10. DE AL-QUADIN MUHAMMAD, RAMSEY (N.J.) DON BOSCO
Muhammad is one of the smaller defensive linemen here, but he's also one of the strongest. He is very explosive off the snap and was one of the most physical players from the start, something you expect from a Bosco player. He not only gets after the passer with a great first step but he can also string out the run and play in space.
11. RB DERRICK HENRY, YULEE, FLA.
Henry is a massive running back and he can struggle inside, but if the edge is sealed and he gets around it, he builds up quite a bit of steam and is hard to bring down. Henry has deceptive speed and good balance and he was very effective to the outside.
12. DE WYATT TELLER, BEALTON (VA.) LIBERTY
Teller is a big body with a relentless motor who did a great job of filling the gap against the run and getting a push as well. He's very strong at the point of attack, can shed blocks quickly and will run plays down anywhere on the field. He's a no-nonsense hustle player with ability.
13. WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON, FORT VALLEY (GA.) PEACH COUNTY
Robinson started off slowly and the quarterbacks on the East struggled badly, but as the practice wore on and the afternoon came around, he made some great catches. He has excellent body control, good size and his hands are reliable even in the rain.
14. OL AUSTIN GOLSON, PRATTVILLE, ALA.
Golson isn't the biggest lineman, he doesn't have the longest arms, but he has good feet and he's willing to be aggressive. He played left and right tackle as well as guard and each time he stayed with his man, anchored well, kept his feet moving and was the most effective offensive lineman on the day.
15. DE FRANK HERRON, MEMPHIS (TENN.) CENTRAL
Herron was perhaps the most physically impressive player on the hoof as he is every bit of 6-foot-5 and looks like he weighs in the area of 265 pounds. Herron is raw overall and needs to work on his pad level, but overall he's huge and moves well and is hard to handle because of his size. You could see him being special down the line as he's just starting to reach his