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Rising Stars Camp notes

Clay Helton and the Trojan coaches hosted two sessions of the Rising Stars Camp today.

At the morning session, there were big names watching from the sidelines including Jonah Tauanu’u, Jason Rodriguez (photo above), Chris Steele, Dylan Hall and Drake Jackson. Several of those recruits (and many more names) plan to be in attendance on Tuesday for a camp session with the Trojans.

Here are some of the top performers from today:

I was hoping to see Trojans QB commit Kedon Slovis but he will be here on Tuesday as well. I liked another Arizona QB prospect in JD Johnson (2020 with good height) and Jake Garcia, the 2021 QB from Narbonne who played last year at Poly, is also someone who has a lot of polish.

At the running back position, it isn’t often that the Trojans offer someone who hasn’t enrolled in high school yet but Domani Jackson (a future Mater Dei Monarch, class of 2022) earned an offer today after an impressive display of speed and smoothness. This guy is really one to watch.

Another future star is 2021 WR Beaux Collins from St. John Bosco and he also walked away from the camp with an offer. He’s 6-3, 185 now.

The offensive line group was led by more Trinity League talent with 2020 Myles Murao from Mater Dei, a guard who has been as consistent as anybody this spring on the camp circuit, and 2020 tackle Drake Metcalf from Bosco. I also liked tall 2020 tackle Noah Nelson from Arizona.

Jordan Banks was yet another Narbonne product who showed well as a 2020 linebacker, and I also liked Tuasivi Nomura from Centennial, who will likely grow into a linebacker.

Another name to remember for the future is corner Anthony Beavers from Serra, a 2021 kid who was offered by Florida after the camp (Gators coach Dan Mullen was in attendance and managed to find time to hang out in the vicinity of Jonah and Steele).

If you notice a theme from this camp it is the amount of underclassmen who were either offered or were among the best at their position. It’s definitely a sign of how this camp has changed in terms of its place in the recruiting landscape, where it was once a camp where rising seniors were found, these days the recruiting process is so sped up that the next class is already so far underway that the focus of these camp in many ways is looking to the future, and there was certainly some good talent to watch on display.

Garry Paskwietz
Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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