- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Several USC commits and targets continue to make noise during all-star practices in both San Antonio and Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
At the Army All-American Bowl, the West offensive line has been a focal point, as expected. USC commit Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi) injured his knee early and his status for the game is in question, but fellow USC commit Max Tuerk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) has impressed, as have USC targets Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) and Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes). Murphy provided an update to RecruitingNation's Damon Sayles, saying he will choose between USC, Stanford, Oregon, Florida and California, but will hold off until he can take two more official visits. Murphy will visit Stanford on Jan. 13 and USC on Jan. 20. Most expect it to come down to those two schools for the talented tackle.
At the Under Armour All-America Game practices, USC tight end commit Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) has been generating plenty of positive buzz. He was very active today and has provided his quarterback with a solid red zone target.
The defensive linemen have stolen the show in Lake Buena Vista, with some of the top talent in the country there. But perhaps as something of a surprise, USC target Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has been one of the top performers of the group. He flattened offensive tackle Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) in a one-on-one situation and has done well against the pass and run.
Offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis) has drawn rave reviews as well, arguably providing the toughest matchup for defensive end Mario Edwards (Denton, Tex./Ryan). Seumalo will visit USC on Jan. 13 and said he was blown away when the Trojans extended a scholarship offer to him this past summer. Seumalo is committed to Oregon State -- his father is a coach for the Beavers and his brother plays for Oregon State with one year of eligibility remaining -- so pulling him out of Corvallis might be difficult, but he is talented enough for the USC coaches to give it a shot.
USC cornerback target Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif./Muir) is still scheduled to announce during the Army game on Saturday. It was reported that USC and California lead, and Seymour has been impressive during practices.
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