Monday, July 1, 2013
Notebook: Dorton has decision timetable
By Blair Angulo
ESPN 300 defensive end Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) walked off UCLA’s practice field with a smile on his face following a training session at the B2G Elite Camp this past weekend. Two months ago, the smirk on Dorton’s face would have been symbolic, if not entirely prophetic. He favored the Bruins by a wide margin before childhood favorite USC offered in early May.
ESPN 300 defensive end Malik Dorton is planning to make a decision later this month.
Since then, the Trojans have seemingly erased the deficit and might even lead for the four-star prospect, whose decision date is approaching fast.
“I’m planning on making a decision in late July,” Dorton said. “USC appeals to me because they run the schemes I’m used to. They run the same defense as we do at Bosco, which means I can come in and fit right in. Once they offered me and began to contact me, they told me where I could fit in. At first it did matter that they offered later than other schools, but that was early in the process. Now it is what it is. With UCLA, I like all the changes they’ve made in the last year and a half.”
Though Dorton claims other Pac-12 schools will factor into his decision, this has USC-UCLA battle written all over it. He has two SEC offers -- Ole Miss and Vanderbilt -- as well as a Big Ten offer from Nebraska.
“It’s going to come down to me doing research on a program and figuring where I fit in,” Dorton said. “That’s what matters.”
Class of 2015 receiver has stellar week
ESPN 300 members Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) and Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) were two of the notable receivers at the B2G Elite Camp in Los Angeles, but local 2015 standout Jaylinn Hawkins (Buena Park, Calif./Buena Park) also raised some eyebrows with a bevy of receptions in one-on-one drills.
USC looks like a favorite for 2015 receiver Jaylinn Hawkins, who is angling for an offer.
Hawkins, who also attended USC’s Rising Stars Camp last week, has surfaced as a steady performer during the camp circuit this offseason.
“It was a great camp and a good experience. I had a lot of fun,” Hawkins said of the midweek Rising Stars Camp. “I like the way the coaches ran things there. They were real cool and coach Lane Kiffin was out there analyzing the players. The competition was cool and we did some team stuff, which was awesome because it gives you a feel for what it’s going to be like at the next level.”
Hawkins had a promising conversation with assistant coach Tee Martin, who hinted that a USC offer could be possible with a strong showing during the upcoming season. The Trojans have offered four local receivers in the 2015 class: Kanya Bell (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar), Cordell Broadus (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar), Desean Holmes (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) and Stanley Norman (Culver City, Calif./Culver City).
“Coach Tee is a real good guy and he seemed to like me,” Hawkins said. “He put me in the first group working with Adoree’ Jackson, Rahshead Johnson and Jordan Lasley, so I think he likes me. He’s a cool dude and a coach I can have a good relationship with. They’ve been sending me letters and, personally, I think an offer will come. Anytime I ran routes and made plays, I saw coach Kiffin taking notes on me.
“It would mean a lot. For every local kid out here, USC is the dream school. It’s either that or UCLA but, to be honest, for me it’s USC.”
Hawkins has offers from Oregon State, San Diego State and San Jose State, but has garnered interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Georgia, UCLA and Washington.
Four-star linebacker makes surprise visit
Before participating at the B2G Elite Camp over the weekend, ESPN 300 outside linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra) dropped by the USC campus for the Rising Stars Camp -- a twisting development given that he eliminated the Trojans from consideration not long ago.
According to a source at the event, Williams swung by the event at the request of some USC coaches, but he did not participate in any drills. Williams does not hold a USC offer and, apparently, wasn’t enticed to show off his skills at camp.
Despite the unofficial visit, Williams said Friday he is still not considering USC.