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USC sophomore WR/CB/KR Adoree' Jackson is "potentially one of the best cornerbacks in the country [and] his role on offense could expand as well," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"He's primarily a cornerback, but the Trojans are using him at wide receiver, with the hope that he's the next Chris Gamble/Charles Woodson type," Brown wrote. "Jackson is one of the best athletes in college football, and USC wants to get him on the field as much as possible." Brown says Jackson is the fifth-best corner in the NCAA. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Jackson, a five-star recruit, was the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, posting 49 tackles, nine pass breakups, a forced fumble and four TFL. He also averaged 29.7 yards per kick return with two touchdowns.
Jun 30 - 2:26 AM

ESPN 300 defensive lineman Keyshon Camp committed to USC.

The Trojans' 2016 class is loaded. At present moment, it features eight ESPN 300 prospects, including top-five OLB Mique Juarez and No. 2 dual threat QB Matt Fink. "Camp can immediately help with depth, but in the big picture could give the Trojans a valuable player who can offer some versatility to the unit with the ability to move around depending on the front, need and match-ups much like they did with [Leonard] Williams and to an some extent Delvon Simmons," wrote Craig Haubert. "Camp can battle in a phone booth, but he also moves well for size and can be an active presence down the line of scrimmage. He needs to continue to develop, but flashes ability to be a disruptive pass-rusher with good get-off quickness, active hands and ability to be able to get offensive linemen off balance with double moves."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 1:39 AM

USC sophomore WR JuJu Smith "needs to work on becoming a better 'hands catcher' rather than letting throws get into his body, but that is nit-picking a bit since his ability to elevate his game near the redzone is clearly more important," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Smith finished his true freshman campaign with 54 receptions for 724 yards and five touchdowns. You can expect much bigger numbers in 2015 as he assumes a featured role. "With QB Cody Kessler expected to have a Heisman-caliber season and WR Nelson Agholor gone to the NFL, Smith's stats should take a huge jump," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 8:58 PM

USC redshirt junior OT Zach Banner "is a masher who drives more defenders into the turf than any offensive lineman I studied this offseason," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Banner uses all 360 pounds on his 6-foot-9 frame to jolt, tilt and bury his opponents," Zierlein wrote. "Few Pac-12 defenders will be able to consistently deal with his power if his technique is right, and scouts rave about his personal character." Zierlein ranks Banner as the No. 6 offensive lineman in the country. "Banner is a bit of a plodding shuffler in pass protection, so that is the one area where he must work to improve in order to reach his true potential," Zierlein wrote. "However, most pass rushers are finished when he gets his hands on them."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 3:43 PM

USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler "possesses average size, an adequate arm, and fair mobility once outside the pocket," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"However, his natural intelligence within the pocket and being coached up by Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian should count for something," he added. "Kessler hasn't turned the ball over much, looks off safeties to find the open man on the other side of the field, and moves within the pocket to buy time and find a secondary target. If he gets good marks as a leader from his coaches, NFL scouts will consider him a solid backup/spot starter option at the next level." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler threw for 3,826 yards with a 39/5 TD/INT ratio last year. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently reported that NFL scouts "are concerned with his Mark Sanchez like size."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 2:30 PM

Former Florida freshman TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe transferred to USC.

As expected. Per Rivals, "Imatorbhebhe will technically be a blueshirt and will count toward the Trojans’ 2016 class." Imatorbhebhe's younger brother Josh (a four-star WR) recently committed to USC for 2016. Daniel Imatorbhebhe, who transferred from Florida before even beginning his freshman campaign, will have four years of eligibility to use beginning in '16.
Source: Rivals
Jun 25 - 9:12 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah views USC junior Su'a Cravens as a WLB in the NFL.

Specifically a "Run/hit/cover" linebacker behind a four man front. Cravens has spent time at safety, predominantly in the box, for the last two seasons, but is transitioning to a more traditional linebacker role. He is one of the Trojans' top defensive players and adds to an already talented position across college football.
Jun 24 - 10:26 AM

USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler "lacks elite physical tools, but his anticipation and accuracy are ahead of the pack," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"In 2014, he put together one of the most overlooked stellar seasons in recent memory," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler threw for 3,826 yards with a 39/5 TD/INT ratio last year. "Perhaps most impressively, he completed a hair under 70 percent of his throws," Kiper wrote. "He has also shown he can succeed when taking snaps from under center, not just out of the shotgun."
Jun 23 - 9:31 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that NFL scouts "by a pretty big margin" rank USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler as the No. 1 senior QB prospect.

Kessler still has his detractors, of course. "Some are concerned with his Mark Sanchez like size," Pauline wrote. Despite his 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame and lack of a prototypical bazooka, Kessler is one of the nation's best deep passers, thanks to his accuracy and toughness (he'll scramble and reset his feet to unload without ever dropping his eyes from downfield targets). That latter trait isn't often discussed, but it portends to NFL success about as much as any other signal-calling skill.
Jun 23 - 7:36 PM

With regards to USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein passes along that NFL scouts are concerned about the "number of dink and dunk throws baked into the offense and they are looking for improved anticipatory throws."

Despite losing wide receiver Nelson Agholor and running back Javorius "Buck" Allen, the analyst doesn't think Kessler's production (3,826 yards with a 39/5 TD/INT ratio) will drop off any this fall. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler "displayed amazing deep-ball accuracy last season, completing 50.6 percent of throws of 16-plus yards and he is effective from shotgun or under center," wrote Zierlein.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 11:39 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah praised USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler.

"USC QB Cody Kessler doesn't have ideal measurables but he has good instincts/awareness," Jeremiah tweeted along with a play which Kessler displayed a willingness to move off his spot while keeping his eyes downfield and locate a third option underneath. The throw was wobbly but it got the job done. We love Kessler's functional mobility and capability to succeed within the offense.
Jun 22 - 9:51 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes USC senior C Max Tuerk "might end up being valued as much as Cameron Erving was in this year's draft because of his versatility."

Tuerk was recently popped No. 19 overall by the Cleveland Browns. "Tuerk (6-6, 285) has started at nearly every place along the line for the Trojans," Reuter wrote. "He is a bit taller and more slender than most pro pivots, but with more work in the weight room, he might prove most valuable to NFL teams in the spot where he earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014." CBS Sports' Rob Rang pegs Tuerk as the No. 9 senior prospect in the NCAA. Heading into the season, Tuerk is a borderline Rd. 1 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 4:43 PM

USC junior OLB/S Su'a Cravens is "steady against the run and he can drop back and cover with ease," note Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Cravens came to USC as a five-star safety, and he has transitioned to more of a linebacker role -- although it doesn't really matter which position he's officially recognized as," he wrote. "He's an all-around defensive playmaker at 225 pounds ... He's a great athlete in pursuit, and few defenders are better at making plays in space -- whether it's against the pass or the run." The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cravens has posted 120 tackles, 18.5 for a loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups over the past two seasons. Brown pegs him as the No. 2 linebacker in the nation.
Jun 18 - 8:53 PM

USC sophomore WR Ajene Harris will likely miss the 2015 season following hip surgeries, according to Rivals' USC section.

Harris was not set to enter camp as a starter, but USC loves to spread the ball around and lost top pass catchers Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor over the last two seasons. Harris saw action in two of the first four games of the 2014 season, catching four passes for 38 yards.
Jun 18 - 11:39 AM

NFL Media ranks USC redshirt junior OT Zach Banner as their No.1 "biggest players" in college football.

"Banner once tried his hand with the Trojans' basketball team, but football is in the blood here -- his father is a former Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick who also played offensive line: Lincoln Kennedy," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Last year, the 6-foot-9, 360-pound Banner started all of 2014 at right tackle as a redshirt sophomore and will return as the Trojans' starter this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 3:07 PM


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