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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mashack a sleeper at cornerback

By Blair Angulo

With USC’s recruitment of cornerback Jalen Ramsey crumbling apart on national signing day and a failed last-minute attempt at flipping local standout Jermaine Kelly, the Trojans limped across the finish line in the 2013 recruiting cycle.

USC did sign Chris Hawkins, an early enrollee, and projected free safety Leon McQuay III has initially lined up at corner during offseason throwing sessions, but the position is a definite area of need in the 2014 recruiting cycle. That much was evident this past weekend as defensive backs Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito), Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), Naijiel Hale (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Devon Brewer (Fresno, Calif./Central) were on campus for the school’s junior day event.

And while the aforementioned group is filled with notable names, lesser-known cornerback Kwesi Mashack (Norco, Calif./Norco) -- who had a strong showing in the B2G Underclassmen Showcase in late January -- might be one to keep an eye on in the coming months.

Mashack held USC signee Su’a Cravens to one reception for 7 yards on Nov. 16 -- both season lows for the explosive Cravens.

Mashack has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, but the 5-foot-10, 185-pound prospect is hopeful his performance against Cravens is only an indication of things to come this spring.

“The USC experience was great,” Mashack said. “My mom is a Cal alum and even she was impressed. The new defensive backs coach was down to earth and seemed to know what he’s looking for. I look forward to attending their camp.”