USC fans might need to wait until Saturday to see a lot of the Trojans recruiting targets in action, but Thursday’s Under Armour All-America Game (4:30 p.m. PT, ESPN/ESPN3) features plenty of players to keep an eye on.
WR Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep), jersey No. 3
There is a good chance Agholor won’t play in this game, as he is dealing with a shoulder injury. If he does go, Trojans fans will get a chance to see one of the top two-way players in the country, and a recruit with serious interest in USC. In fact, the Trojans will receive Agholor’s final visit (Jan. 20), and the staff shakeup at Florida could have USC in the lead for his services.
CB/WR Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), No. 21
One of the best pure football players in the country, Neal will show his versatility in this game, playing cornerback as well as receiver -- and likely doing each at an extremely high level. USC is still in the mix for Neal, although it would appear to have a steep hill to climb, as Notre Dame, Ohio State and Arizona are all making serious and effective pushes.
TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney), No. 22
The lone USC commitment taking part in this game, Cope-Fitzpatrick had a very solid week of practices and showed he can do just about everything expected of a tight end. He would be a terrific addition to the young stable of tight ends at USC and is saying all the right things about the recruiting process. He will take three official visits in January but is simply looking to make sure USC is the right choice.
DT Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland), No. 70
Williams has been dominant during practices, establishing himself as one of the top defensive linemen in the country. The Trojans' chances with the big man appear slim, although he said they will receive one of his final official visits later this month.
OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol), No. 75
One of the biggest offensive linemen in the game, Peat will have a chance to prove himself against some phenomenal defensive ends on the opposing roster. It reportedly hasn’t been the strongest week of practices for Peat, although it will be interesting to see how he performs during the real thing.
OG Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis), No. 56
Seumalo has generated plenty of buzz during practices, establishing himself as arguably the top offensive lineman in the game. Seumalo was an early commit to Oregon State, but things could get interesting over this final week. He will visit USC on Jan. 13, and the Trojans could find themselves very much in the running with a strong trip.