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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Big men steal show at Los Angeles NFTC

By Garry Paskwietz

Here are three initial observations of the USC prospects at this weekend's Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp:

1. Loving the line:
This was expected to be a strong group of offensive linemen and they didn’t disappoint. The top guy on the day was Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), followed by Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and USC verbal Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra). There was also a talented junior-to-watch in Fred Ulu-Perry Jr. (Honolulu, Hi./St. Louis).

2. Secondary shines:
Even without Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), who was in attendance but did not participate due to an injury, this was still a very good group of defensive backs. St. John Bosco teammates Naijiel Hale and Jaleel Wadood were both solid, as was Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei).

Class of 2015 corner Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) was as good as advertised. But the surprise MVP was Denzel Fisher (Compton, Calif./Centennial).

3. Young guns: Ulu-Perry and Marshall weren't the only talented class of 2015 prospects to shine. Keep an eye on tight end Alize Jones (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman), linebacker John Houston (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and wide receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro).