- Garry Paskwietz, Publisher, WeAreSC.com
Day 2 of the USC Rising Stars Camp is in the books, with another impressive group of talented players in action.
USC verbal commit Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) led the way for the defense with a dominating performance from the cornerback position. Hawkins had three interceptions during the camp and only allowed two completions against him all day. Hawkins also said it was a good chance to be coached by USC defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders.
One of the surprises of the camp was the player who caught both passes against Hawkins, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tight end Thomas Duarte. The Monarchs have certainly sent their share of talent to USC through the years -- including stars Matt Barkley and Khaled Holmes -- and Duarte is an athletic player who could see time at either wide receiver or tight end.
As expected, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings took part in the Wednesday session and also performed well. By all accounts the experience was a good one for him and -- with his college announcement expected July 1 -- it was an opportunity for the Trojans to leave a final impression in his mind. Hutchings is expected to choose between USC and Washington.
The defensive line continued to feature plenty of outstanding talent, with highly touted Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) making an appearance in the afternoon portion of the camp. Arizona State commit Dimarya Mixon (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) was also in attendance, and he is a teammate of USC verbal commit wide receiver Eldridge Massington.
Quarterback Lavonte Lee (Ontario, Calif./Colony) was joined by one of his wide receiver teammates Samajie Grant.
Another Class of 2015 prospect who stood out was wide receiver Trenton Irwin (Newhall, Calif./Hart). He has been a fixture on the spring camp and combine circuit and has impressed with natural receiver instincts. His QB at Hart -- Brady White -- was there, and he is also a 2015 recruit.
Offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers (Owings Mills, Md./McDonough) made the trip out west for the camp as well.
Day 2 of the USC Rising Stars Camp is in the books, with another impressive group of talented players in action.USC verbal commit Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.