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USC recruiting notes from AirStrike

6/10/2012

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Here are some notes from the Nike AirStrike Dana Hills passing tournament which was held on Saturday at Dana Hills High School:

• Oaks Christian -- The Trojans are looking for linebackers and one who could end up getting more of a look is Cameron Judge. He has offers from several Pac-12 schools and the Trojans were interested in the spring evaluation period. He saw time at both linebacker and wide receiver today. The big guns for the Lions are a pair of juniors in quarterback Brandon Dawkins and receiver Chris Davis. Dawkins has good size, he reminded me of former Long Beach Poly and Stanford quarterback Chris Lewis at first glance. Dawkins recently picked up a Notre Dame offer. Davis has good quickness and runs crisp routes. One person in the Oaks Christian program said Davis will be better than recent signees Jordan Payton (UCLA) and Blair Holliday (Duke).

• Mission Viejo -- Max Redfield is a stud. He looks the part and then he goes out there and backs it up with good play on both sides of the ball. It’s been well-documented that schools are showing interest in Redfield at both safety and receiver and it’s easy to see why, as he’s real fluid at both. Redfield had one catch in the end zone that was a jump ball which he went up effortlessly in the air to get. He said his preference is safety, but Redfield has no problem playing receiver if that’s the way things work out. Max was wearing an Oregon sweatshirt at one point. When asked about it, he simply said “It’s just a shirt.”

• Santa Margarita -- The first thing one notices about Johnny Stanton is that he’s really bulked up. There are a lot of questions about his future as a quarterback at the college level but, for now, he is just a terrific high school quarterback. His athleticism makes it easy to see why some project him as a safety though, but one shouldn't dismiss the possibility of succeeding in the right offense as a quarterback either. The other Eagles player I really liked today was Connor O'Brien, the Washington commit. He is big and intimidating.

• Alemany -- Steven Mitchell is the headliner for this talented team but there are plenty of talented underclassmen as well. Mitchell will be at the USC skills camp on Sunday, but he struggled today with a sore thigh muscle that was heavily wrapped, so it’s unclear how much he will do at the camp. I also liked receiver Devin Ross and freshman Desean Holmes (already has offers from Utah and Houston) as well as sophomore corner Alif Graves.

• Other notes -- El Toro has a sophomore quarterback in the wings with USC ties, as Trey Tinsley is the son of former Trojans quarterback Scott Tinsley. Right now Trey is serving as the back-up to Conner Manning at El Toro… It was good to see Darnell Bing at the event working with the Long Beach Poly players. Bing recently retired from playing and said he will be taking classes at USC in the fall to finish up his degree… The Mater Dei coaches think they have a talented freshman in running back/defensive back Josh Quijada... Loyola incoming freshman quarterback Tre Polamalu (son of Kennedy) did not take part in the event, but will be given the opportunity to compete for the starting spot when he begins summer drills in a few weeks.