Football and recruiting fans are in for a treat Saturday, as around 100 of the top prospects in the Southern California and surrounding regions will participate in a camp/combine setting that will be available for fans to watch via livestream.
The Top 100 SoCal Showcase, put on by Winners Circle Athletics, will put roughly 100 prospects in the 2021, ’22, ’23 and ’24 recruiting classes through an NFL Combine-style testing, followed by individual drills and a one-on-one competition period. The showcase will run from 8 am – 2 pm and can be seen on the Winners Circle Athletics Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages. There will be as many as eight cameras set up around the facility.
This will be a must-watch event for USC recruiting fans, as a number of Trojan commits and top targets in this class and over the next several years will be participating.
Former USC linebacker Jordan Campbell has built something of an empire out in Corona with Winners Circle Academy–a charter school for students from fourth to eighth grade–and Winners Circle Athletics–the go-to training spot for a number of NFL, college and high school players. It’s been a fast rise for Campbell and the program, as he began in 2014 with a 3,000-square foot space. On Saturday, he’ll get to show off the 65,000-square foot campus, complete with turf field that was installed two years ago.
Campbell said the Showcase was organized as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, which took away the ability for high school prospects to participate in camps, combines and spring football practice–three things that typically lead to plenty of scholarship offers from college coaches. With this event, Campbell is hoping to connect players to coaches–more than 60 programs have said they’ll be tuned in and watching–for thorough evaluations and verified testing numbers. Campbell said he’s also hopeful that there could be an interview station, where fans and potentially even coaches–depending on NCAA allowances–will be able to call in to ask questions of participants. No details
There will be plenty of coaching involved, as 28 current or former NFL players will be serving as position coaches throughout the event. The most recent addition to the Winners Circle coaching staff is longtime Notre Dame and Los Angeles Rams defensive back Todd Lyght, who has spent the past five years coaching defensive backs at Notre Dame.
As for the showcase itinerary, linebackers and running backs will workout together, going through the combine at 8 am, then individual drills at 9:30 and one-on-ones beginning at 10:30. The offensive and defensive linemen will be grouped together as well, on a similar schedule–10 am individual work, 10:30 am one-on-ones. The quarterbacks will work their way into both the running back and wide receiver drills. They’ll throw for running backs at 10:30, go through individual drills at 11, and then finish with the wide receivers and defensive backs going one-on-one at 12:30.
No. 1 overall prospect Korey Foreman (Corona, Calif./Centennial) will be in attendance and participating. Foreman is the top target on the board for USC and a number of other programs. He’s also part of an already impressive line of student-athletes who have come through the Winners Circle Academy program. It’s a list that includes Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, Foreman, 2022 standout cornerback Domani Jackson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), 2023 standout defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and 2024 defensive lineman Aydin Breland, who recently picked up an offer from USC. All are potential top-10 prospects in their respective classes, and all will be participating this weekend.
This showcase is going to become a yearly event, according to Campbell, as another potential must-stop for prospects on the camp circuit.
Here is a look at some of the prospects scheduled to be in attendance this weekend:
2022 Jayden Maiava (Honolulu/Kaimuki)
2022 Noah Fifita (Anaheim, Calif./Servite)
2021 Byron Cardwell (San Diego/Morse) – USC offer
2022 Jayden Ott (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) – Oregon commit
2022 Raleek Brown (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) – USC offer
2021 Michael Jackson III (Las Vegas/Desert Pines) – USC commit
2021 Beaux Collins (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – Clemson commit
2021 Cristian Dixon (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) – USC offer
2021 Makai Cope (Culver City, Calif./Culver City) – USC offer
2021 Kyron Hudson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) – Oregon commit
2021 Mavin Anderson (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) – Cal commit
2023 Jahlil McClain (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – USC offer
2022 Jack Pedersen (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) – USC offer
2022 Rashad McKenzie (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany)
2021 Mason Murphy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./JSerra) – USC commit
2021 Maximus Gibbs (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – USC commit
2021 Saia Mapakaitolo (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) – USC commit
2021 Kingsley Suamataia (Orem, Utah/Orem) – USC offer
2021 Josh Simmons (La Mesa, Calif./Helix) – USC offer
2021 JT Hand (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) – Arizona commit
2021 Thomas Cole (San Luis Obispo, Calif./San Luis Obispo)
2021 Ross Maseuli (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) – USC offer
2022 Earnest Greene (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – USC offer
2022 Dylan Lopez (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) – USC offer
2023 Francis Mauigoa (San Bernardino, Calif./Aquinas) – USC offer
2024 Aydin Breland (Corona, Calif./Winners Circle Academy) – USC offer
2021 Korey Foreman (Corona, Calif./Centennial) – USC offer
2021 Victory Vaka (Westlake Village, Calif./Westlake) – Texas A&M commit
2021 Nick Dimitris (Baldwin Park, Calif./Sierra Vista)
2022 Nate Burrell (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – USC offer
2022 Mathias Malaki-Donaldson (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian)
2022 Jairus Satele (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco)
2022 Sterling Lane (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian)
2023 Matayo Uiagalelei (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – USC offer
2021 Ma’a Gaoteote (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – USC commit
2021 Raesjon Davis (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) – LSU commit
2021 Ethan Calvert (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) – USC offer
2021 Easton Mascarenas (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) – Oregon State commit
2022 David Bailey (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei)
2023 Leviticus Su’a (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei)
2021 Ceyair Wright (Los Angeles/Loyola) – USC offer
2021 Darren Barkins (Chula Vista, Calif./Mater Dei) – Oregon commit
2021 Jamier Johnson (Pasadena, Calif./Muir) – USC offer
2021 Jaylin Davies (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) – USC offer
2022 Domani Jackson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) – USC offer
2022 Tayvion Beasley (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – USC offer