USC Trojans: The Opening 2013

Top USC targets at The Opening 

July, 12, 2013
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videoThis year’s edition of The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon featured an absolutely phenomenal collection of prospects with off-the-charts talent -- a number of which currently sit high atop the wish list of the USC coaching staff. Keeping in mind the current areas of need in the Trojans’ upcoming recruiting class, here are seven targets who shined at the event, showing that they have the raw talent, as well as the physical tools to potentially make an immediate impact at USC.

1. CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra)
5-foot-10, 182 pounds
ESPN 300 ranking: 5


BEAVERTON, Ore. -- When ESPN 300 linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) gave his verbal commitment to USC on the final day of The Opening, the Trojans not only landed an important in-state prospect but, in the process, also won a recruiting battle against crosstown rival UCLA.

The USC staff hopes it's only the start.

ESPN 300 guard Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) had been the lone USC commit at event before Calhoun put on his Trojans cap, but if the amount of positive statements from recruits at The Opening provide any indication, they won't be the only attendees who will end up representing the cardinal and gold.


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RN Top 10: Best of The Opening 

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The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect their overall prospect rankings.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening put 162 of the top prospects in the nation in one place to battle to see who really is the best. During individual drills, one-on-one matchups, 7-on-7 play and even tug-of-war, the elite recruits competed to beat the best.

Every player in attendance was a standout player, but there were some who stood out above the rest. RecruitingNation takes a look at the top players throughout The Opening.

10. Jacob Park
Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford | QB-DT | 6-4, 206
While other quarterbacks saw their play go up and down through the Elite 11 and The Opening 7-on-7, Park, a Georgia commitment, stayed consistent. He was singled out by Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer time after time after time.

“He’s immensely talented,” Dilfer said. “And he gets stuff.”

The only time that Park got dinged by Dilfer was when he tried to force the ball into tight spots, but honestly that happened very little throughout the week. UGA fans will be excited the 6-4, 206-pound four-star quarterback is heading to Athens, because he’s got a pretty complete package. -- Jeremy Crabtree


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening has concluded and it did not disappoint. The top prospects in the nation were invited to Nike headquarters to display their ability and compete against the best of the best.

RecruitingNation was on hand for every event to take in the happenings throughout the week. Here are a few storylines:

Who committed

Florida State landed two in-state prospects during the final day of The Opening on Wednesday: four-star offensive tackle Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) and three-star safety Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). Marshall was a finalist for the SPARQ national championships where he posted a 40-yard-dash time of 4.34 seconds. ESPN 300 linebacker Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra), son of former Tennessee Volunteers and Dallas Cowboys safety Bill Bates, verbally committed to the Vols. Four-star linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) verbally committed to USC over UCLA.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The offensive line group of ESPN 300 members Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) might have been difficult to top in Day 2 of The Opening, but the receivers -- namely those targeted by USC -- certainly did their best to upstage the trenchmen.

Led by No. 1-rated athlete and SPARQ national champion Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr), the batch of receivers turned in impressive performances in the preliminary 7-on-7 competition.

Speedy Noil
Tom Hauck for Student Sports Speedy Noil turned in an impressive performance.in the preliminary 7-on-7 competition.

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Video: WeAreSC at The Opening, Part 2

July, 2, 2013
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Between now and Wednesday, WeAreSC will be live in Beaverton, Ore., catching up with some of the nation's top football players at The Opening. There are plenty of USC targets on hand, and on Monday, Blair Angulo caught up with one of them, while also breaking down the performances of the Trojans' defensive targets.

ESPN 300 CB Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) talks about the schools he'd like to visit Video, as well as the determining factors that will go into his decision.

When it comes to defensive recruits that USC would like to add Video to its 2014 class, players such as Adoree' Jackson, Quincy Wilson, D.J. Calhoun, Clifton Garrett and Richard Yeargin III all had impressive showings. But don't forget about CB Iman Marshall, one of only four 2015 recruits at The Opening.

USC on minds of many at Opening 

July, 1, 2013
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Even with dynamic two-way athletes Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) and John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) lining up with the offense Monday in the first day of The Opening, the defensive backs were a standout group as it relates to USC recruiting.

Roommates Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito), as well as 2015 defensive back Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), four-star cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and four-star safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) all turned in good showings during one-on-one drills. Brown, the nation’s No. 5-rated cornerback and No. 3-rated prospect in the state of Texas, also reached the SPARQ championship finals after posting some impressive numbers in preliminary testing, including a pair of 4.35 times in the 40-yard dash.

Tony Brown
Blair Angulo/ESPNNo. 5 cornerback Tony Brown is still very interested in USC.
“On a daily basis, I try to contact coaches that recruit me,” said Brown, a world-class sprinter ranked No. 27 in the ESPN 300. “I try to contact every coach. I’m still open. My month of June was all track and field, so I haven’t had time to chill and go through everything. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll definitely start narrowing everything down.”

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With a score of 153.90, ESPN 300 athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) won the SPARQ national championship on Monday evening.

Noil, the top-ranked athlete in the country, has always wanted to win this event.

"It was a big goal of mine," said Noil, who's ranked No. 8 overall. "Because I knew I had to push myself around these great athletes out here and try to become No. 1. I know what I can do, I know what my mom raised me to be and I know that I was going to come out here and become the best."

Ohio State commit Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis/Cathedral) placed second with a score of 149.88 and Georgia running back commit Nick Chubb placed third with a score of 142.59.

Noil is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country, and he said after the event that several recruits are trying to persuade him to attend their schools.

"They want me to come to their school because they see that we are getting along out here," he said. "No one hates each other, we are just like brothers at home and everyone is pushing each other."

Noil has a top four of LSU, Florida, USC and Texas A&M but admits another school such as Miami could come in the picture because he'd like to take all five official visits. He will make his commitment at the Under Armour All-American game and said the reason he has picked those schools is because of the length of time they have been recruiting him.

"They have been looking at me since I was a sophomore," he said. "I had LSU and Alabama since I was a freshman, but LSU has been in there deep. A&M has been pushing me because of Noel Ellis that I played on the team with last year. USC, I've liked them since I was a sophomore. Florida, also, when I was a freshman."

The 6-foot, 176-pound athlete said he's heard the same message from all of his favorite schools, but he admits it's a powerful one.

"They want me to play wide receiver," he said. "They are saying they can give me the ball and they can help me win the Heisman and that I could help them win a national championship."

Video: WeAreSC at The Opening

July, 1, 2013
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Between now and Wednesday, WeAreSC will be live in Beaverton, Ore., catching up with some of the nation's top football players at The Opening. There are plenty of USC targets on hand, and on Sunday, Blair Angulo caught up with three of them.

ESPN 300 OG Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) talks about his recent trip to USC Rising Stars camp Video and what he hopes to accomplish at The Opening.

ESPN 300 ILB Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) breaks down his recruitment Video, as well as what it means to make it to The Opening.

And ESPN 300 DB Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) talks about meeting Lane Kiffin Video at the USC Rising Stars camp, the atmosphere on USC's campus and where his recruitment currently stands.

Five-star CB Jackson to hit road 

July, 1, 2013
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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) is one of the most sought-after athletes in the country. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound athlete is attempting to visit five schools this summer, including two right after The Opening concludes on Wednesday.


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Hand ready to resume recruiting 

July, 1, 2013
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Defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) knows the lay of the land at The Opening. This is his second appearance at the prestigious event in as many years, and he's taking it all in as if it's his first.

The No. 4 player in the country says he has been on a break from recruiting in the past few weeks, but he will resume recruiting activities after The Opening.


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USC targets check in at The Opening 

June, 30, 2013
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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.


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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- At one point in his recruitment, athlete Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) was committed to Arizona State. Now the Sun Devils find themselves outside of his top three, only days before the four-star prospect makes his commitment announcement at The Opening.

Wadood has narrowed his list to UCLA, USC and Cal over offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington among others.


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ESPN 300 RB Freeman talks top four 

June, 30, 2013
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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- ESPN 300 running back Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif./Imperial) is starting to narrow things down. The four-star running back announced schools that have started to stand out above the rest.

"I have four top schools," Freeman said. "I like USC, UCLA, Florida and Oregon."

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsESPN 300 RB Royce Freeman has USC, UCLA, Oregon and Florida at the top of his list for now.
Freeman talked about what he likes in each school.


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