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Sunday, June 30, 2013
USC targets check in at The Opening

By Blair Angulo

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Some of the nation’s top prospects trickled into town Sunday for this week’s The Opening event at Nike Headquarters. Here are some notes regarding USC prospects.

• ESPN 300 defensive back Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) said USC moved up on his list following his trip to Los Angeles last week. Wilson was one of a handful of Florida-based prospects who competed at the Rising Stars Camp, which included No. 4-rated running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) and four-star outside linebacker Richard Yeargin III (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South). Wilson, who is being recruited by assistant coach Tee Martin, said he enjoyed conversations with coach Lane Kiffin and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. He also tripped to Notre Dame and Ohio State recently and said he intends to officially visit USC this fall.

• ESPN 300 inside linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) said USC is in his top five despite not having visited campus yet. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete intends to take an official visit to USC after seeing linebackers coach Mike Ekeler stop by his school a couple times during the spring evaluation period.

• ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) said he’s not close to making a decision, even though his teammate, ESPN 300 outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito), is scheduled to commit later in the week during The Opening. Pickett is considered one of the Trojans’ top priorities at cornerback.

Damien Mama
USC target Damien Mama didn't participate in the Rising Stars camp but plans to drill at The Opening.
• ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) attended the Rising Stars Camp last week but did not participate. He said the biggest reason he made it to the nearby campus was to chat with the coaches. Mama intends to commit at the Under Armour All-America Game after his senior season. His high school teammates Naijiel Hale and Jaleel Wadood are set to announce their decisions at The Opening this week.

• ESPN 300 defensive tackle Ainuu Taua (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) walked into the lobby wearing a pair of USC shorts, even though he didn’t receive a scholarship offer earlier in the week at the Rising Stars Camp. He mingled with a few USC targets, including ESPN 300 offensive guard Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), the lone Trojans commit participating in the event.