- Johnny Curren, WeAreSC, Reporter
LOS ANGELES -- USC's Rising Stars Camp reached its conclusion on Thursday afternoon, and the biggest news to trickle out of the two-day event revolved around a trio of prospects who earned scholarship offers as a result of impressive performances. They are Class of 2015 recruits Dominic Davis (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) and Tristan Payton (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), as well as Mique Juarez (Torrance, Calif./North Torrance) out of the Class of 2016.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Davis is a two-way star who ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at this past April's Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp. Also currently holding offers from the likes of UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State, he worked out at running back at USC.
Payton, a wide receiver who committed to Florida last February, made the trek West from the Sunshine State and was one of the surprise attendees at the camp. He's the No. 125-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300.
Juarez, who stands 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, is another outstanding athlete who has made a name for himself on both sides of the ball. He was offered as a linebacker by the Trojans after lining up at that position during the camp.
Ulu-Perry still in wait-and-see mode
One player who came into the Rising Stars Camp looking to land an offer, but who ultimately did not, was highly touted Honolulu (Hawaii) Saint Louis offensive guard Fred Ulu-Perry Jr. -- the No. 76 ranked prospect in the ESPN 300. Still, he did manage to make a strong impression on USC offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who told Ulu-Perry that things could certainly change down the line.
“Me and Coach Drevno talked one-on-one today after the camp, and he just told me that he was very impressed with my performance in this camp and that they're close to offering me, but we'll just have to see,” Ulu-Perry said. “He said I just have to keep in contact with him.”
Ulu-Perry, who was offered earlier in the week by UCLA, still has solid interest in the Trojans.
“I don't know my Top 5 yet, but they'll definitely be in there,” Ulu-Perry said of the Trojans following the camp on Thursday.
In addition to USC and UCLA, Ulu-Perry is also looking closely at Oregon State, Washington State, Washington, Kansas, Arizona State and Hawaii among others.
No shortage of talent
A look at some of the prospects on hand at one or both days of the Rising Stars Camp:
Breland Brandt (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) – Class of 2016
Tony Brown (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada)
Deontay Burnett (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
Jacob Daniel (Fresno, Calif./Clovis North) – USC commit
Dominic Davis (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany)
Noah Evans (La Habra, Calif./Whittier Christian)
Rasheem Green (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
Porter Gustin (Salem, Utah, Salem Hills)
Roy Hemsley (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) – USC commit
John Houston Jr. (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
Noah Jefferson (Las Vegas, Nev./Liberty) – USC commit
Mique Juarez (Torrance, Calif./North) – Class of 2016
Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
Ray-Ray McCloud III (Tampa, Fla./Sickles)
Takkarist McKinley (San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa College)
Quenton Meeks (Crescent City, Calif./Del Norte)
Kahi Neves (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham) – Class of 2016
Tristan Payton (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) – Florida commit
Tyler Petite (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo)
C.J. Pollard (Gardena, Calif./Serra) – Class of 2016
Eddie Rudinski (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian)
Marvell Tell (Encino, Calif./Crespi)
Kyahva Tezino (Los Angeles, Calif./Salesian)
Trenton Thompson (Albany, Ga./Westover)
Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) – USC commit
Chacho Ulloa (Corona, Calif./Centennial) – Class of 2016
Fred Ulu-Perry Jr. (Honolulu, Hawaii/Saint Louis)
Tyler Vaughns (La Puente, Calif./Bishop Amat) – Class of 2016
Aca'Cedric Ware (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill)