Dec 4, 2009; Beaverton, OR, USA; General view of Steve Prefontaine hall at the Nike world headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

USC Football Recruiting Update: Eight USC Commits Headed to The Opening


When Nike’s The Opening kicks off on Thursday in Beaverton, Oregon, a large portion of the nation’s top high school football players will be there, including eight of USC commits, and plenty of the Trojans’ targets.

The camp is headlined by many of the west coast blue chippers, as five of USC’s California commits will be attending, including: Michael Hutchings, Chris Hawkins, Steven Mitchell, Sebastian LaRue and Justin Davis. As for the out of state talent, Max Browne, Ty Isaac and Eldridge Massington will join the rest of the commits in Oregon, and it gives the commits a chance to gel.

Browne’s leadership has been noted by several of the top publications, and at the Elite 11 camps earlier this year, he led drills and huddles as the vocal leader of the quarterbacks. With Browne being at The Opening with three of his future receivers and two of his running backs, it’s not unlikely that Browne would use the time to start to build chemistry with the playmakers around him, as they did at the Rivals Five Star Challenge two weeks ago.

The Rivals Five Star Challenge in Atlanta featured eight commits as well, if you include Sebastian LaRue. Only Kenny Bigelow and Kylie Fitts attended that camp but won’t be going to The Opening, as six of the Trojan commits will be double dipping, including Browne, the three receivers, Justin Davis and Chris Hawkins.

In addition to the list of USC commits at The Opening starting on Thursday, plenty of USC targets will be in attendance as well, including a trio of corners that the Trojans are hot on the trail for. Jalen Ramsey, Artie Burns and Priest Willis all hold offers from the Trojans, and an event like this gives the USC commits a chance play recruiter.

According to 247Sports, Ramsey’s top three is USC, Vanderbilt and Alabama, as Tee Martin is showing his worth by working to pry top talent out of SEC country. Ramsey, a 4-Star corner out of Nashville, visited USC twice in June and attended the Rivals Rising Stars camp at SC last week.

Looking for another potential USC commit? Look no further than offense tackle Nico Falah. Falah, a 4-star out of St. John Bosco in Downey, is set to make his college decision next week, deciding between USC and UCLA. Given the fact that eight USC commits will be with him at The Opening, and just one, Deon Hollins Jr., will be there as Bruin, you have to like the Trojans’ chances of clinching the commit. Falah was rumored to be a silent commit after last week’s Rising Stars camp, but we’ll have to wait a week to find out the truth behind it.

Lastly, other recruits of note to watch out for, include Eddie Vanderdoes, Torrodney Prevot and Laquon Treadwell. All three seem to be long shots for the Trojans, and for different reasons. Vanderdoes has an in with Oregon, will Prevot would be a huge pull to get him out of the state Texas, and Treadwell is a receiver, the Trojans true position of strength. Rivals’ says Treadwell likes SC, but whether or not it’s enough to commit is yet to be seen.

Tags: Artie Burns Chris Hawkins Eddie Vanderdoes Eldrige Massington Jalen Ramsey Justin Davis Kenny Bigelow Kylie Fitts Laquon Treadwell Max Browne Michael Hutchings Nike Priest Willis Sebastian LaRue Steven Mitchell The Opening Torrodney Prevot Ty Isaac