Early impressions: USC incoming freshmen

Now that USC's entire incoming freshman class has had an opportunity to get their feet wet in the team's summer workouts, here's a player-by-player look at how those new arrivals have looked so far, and where they're fitting in.

OL Chris Brown

6-foot-5, 295 pounds

High school: Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola

Lining up as a reserve at right and left tackle, Brown has been at virtually every workout. Having some expected struggles in the one-on-one drills against the veteran defensive linemen initially, he's made strides over the last two weeks. This past Monday he had perhaps his best practice session, drawing cheers from his offensive line-mates when he delivered a fantastic punch move that caught Scott Starr by surprise and knocked him back on his heels.

TE Bryce Dixon

6-4, 240

High school: Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure

A big target at tight end, Dixon has been working hard with Randall Telfer and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick to learn the ins and outs of the offense, and it's paid off as he's come on during the last few workouts, hauling in a number of passes. Still fairly lean, it will be interesting to see how he fares in terms of blocking when the pads come on in August.

RE Malik Dorton

6-2, 250

High school: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Another consistent attendee at the workouts, Dorton has been taking reps at the rush-end spot behind Starr and J.R. Tavai. He's shown off some nice pass-rush moves already, and he had a big day on Monday when he came up with his first interception of the summer.

WR Ajene Harris

5-11, 180

High school: Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw

Primarily a quarterback and defensive back on the high school level, Harris has been making a name for himself at receiver. Possessing sure hands, he's been surprisingly steady at the spot, providing more than enough evidence to suggest that he can be a valuable contributor -- perhaps sooner than most expected.

WR/CB Adoree' Jackson

5-11, 185

High school: Gardena (Calif.) Serra

No player arrived on campus with more hype, and to Jackson's credit, he's lived up to every ounce of it so far. Spending the first few workouts at cornerback, he's been playing at wide receiver as of late, and he's shined at both spots. A unique athlete with outstanding football instincts, he certainly has the look of an instant impact performer at either position, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him get reps at both spots in the fall. Jackson came up with an outstanding 60-yard touchdown reception this past Monday where he outleaped Ryan Dillard for a Cody Kessler pass.

WR/CB Rahshead Johnson

5-11, 175

High school: Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo

Like Jackson, Johnson has seen time at both cornerback and receiver. He's another excellent athlete with plenty of speed, and it will be interesting see which side of the ball he ultimately ends up on.

CB Jonathan Lockett

5-11, 175

High school: Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Lockett has been the surprise of this group so far. He's only been at two workouts, but he was the arguable star of both of those sessions. He came up with an interception in each practice, and also broke up a number of passes. Strong in coverage, with a nose for the ball, he's certainly someone worth keeping an eye on.

OL Damien Mama

6-5, 370

High school: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

A mammoth-sized lineman, Mama has been taking reps at left guard, where he's performed more like a veteran than a green newcomer. Remarkably nimble for how big he is, he's more than held his own during the one-on-one sessions. The big question with Mama is whether or not he'll be able to keep up with the frenetic pace of the offense when fall camp begins. If he's able to do that, however, look out.

LB Uchenna Nwosu

6-3, 210

High school: Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

After spending his first few initial workouts at inside linebacker, the versatile Nwosu saw some time on the outside in the team's most recent practice session. A former high school safety, he's shown a knack for being around the ball when he's dropped back in coverage.

S John Plattenburg

5-11, 180

High school: Houston (Texas) Lamar

Having seen time at cornerback and safety on the high school level, Plattenburg has been lining up exclusively at safety this summer at USC. Working closely with Gerald Bowman and Leon McQuay among others, he'll provide much-needed depth at that spot in 2014.

CB Lamont Simmons

6-2, 185

High school: Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines

The first thing you notice about Simmons is his tall frame and long arms, but he's also got plenty of speed as well. Still fairly thin, he'll probably need to bulk up some before he can really make an impact, but he's an intriguing option at the position to keep tabs on.

WR JuJu Smith

6-2, 210

High school: Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Another high profile recruit who starred on offense and defense in high school, Smith has played exclusively at wideout. Big, physical and fast, he's looked a bit raw at times, but has also shown off some real explosiveness and big-play ability. He's hauled in deep touchdown tosses in each of the last two practices.

OL Viane Talamaivao

6-3, 330

High school: Corona (Calif.) Centennial

Talamaivao, who played tackle at Centennial last season, has been spending almost all of his time at center this summer, while also making some brief appearances at both guard spots. As a center, he's made steady improvement, and with a strong technical skill set and physical build, there's reason to believe he can potentially make his presence felt early at the position if need be.

LB Olajuwon Tucker

6-3, 220

High school: Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Tucker is a big and strong linebacker who moves well for his size. He has been spending the majority of his time at inside linebacker where he's been learning the tricks of the trade from starters Hayes Pullard and Anthony Sarao.