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USC Elite Camp notes

* It was our first look at Kedon Slovis (photo above) and I thought he showed well. The first thing that jumps out is that Slovis needs to thicken up, which will obviously happen in the next few years, because right now he is on the slim side even when lined up next to other 2019 QB’s. But he also throws a pretty nice ball. He dropped an over the shoulder pass near the goal line for a catch that may or may not have been a touchdown, I thought the receiver got a foot in but that was in dispute. The ball pops out of hand well, I’m not saying he had the strongest arm out there, but there is plenty of zip to make the throws. This was my first opportunity to see him live in person and I can see why the SC coaches made the offer. The other 2019 kid that I liked was Ryan Hilinski, and he’s a big kid who throws it hard. Ryan has really had a good spring and is a commit to South Carolina but if the coaches are going to make a run at another QB for this class I would have no problem with Hilinski as the other guy. (EDIT: Ryan received an offer following the camp after this story was posted) Bryce Young was there and he looked good as always. A couple 2021 QB’s I liked were Trillian Harris from Santa Margarita (more of a good athlete than a pure QB) and JJ Woodin from Westview HS in Oregon.

* Class of 2020 RB Jojuan Collins from Narbonne was named a position MVP on Sunday at Rising Stars and followed that up with an offer today after the camp. Good-sized back already at 6-0, 205.

* Kris Hutson, 2020 WR from Bosco, has been one of the breakout players on the camp circuit this spring and he earned an SC offer based on what he showed in front of the Trojan coaches this morning. Just a solid all-around receiver who catches everything.

* Class of 2020 TE Jack Yary, son of Ron, received an offer after the camp.

* At one point the offensive line had Jonah Tauanu’u at LT, Logan Sagapolu at center, Myles Murao at RG and Jason Rodriguez at RT. I’ll take all four of those guys.

* There was one verbal commit from the camp in 2021 OL/DL Jay Toia from Grace Brethren, a versatile 6-3, 325 player who becomes the 2nd GBHS player to give a verbal commit to the Trojans this year (following 2019 LB Stanley Taufoou)

* It was good to see Justin Flowe out at the camp and let’s just say he was very aggressive, which is the only way he knows how to play. He just has a different gear of burst and pursuit than you see from most players, and when he arrives he has no problem initiating contact. As one sideline observer said “that kid just loves to play the game”.

* Cameron Williams is a recent de-commit from Oregon and he was patrolling the safety spot in what was a dominant effort in the team session against the offense, which didn’t complete a pass until well into the drill. The thing I liked the most about Williams was his presence, he reminded me of Kevin Ellison. We saw Elias Ricks, the Mater Dei 2020 DB, at corner today with his 6-2 frame.

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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