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June 25, 2006
Rising Senior Preview
This week USC will hold its annual Rising Senior Camp, which has become known as one of most elite gathering of prep talent in the country.
Plenty of current Trojan alumni made their debut at the Rising Senior Camp. Players like Keith Rivers, Kaluka Maiava and Luthur Brown have upheld the camp's strong tradition at linebacker.
This year, Servite linebacker and USC commitment, Chris Galippo, leads a talented group of defenders expect to attend the two day event. Galippo missed the USC Skills Camp earlier this year with a lumber strain in his back, but he expects to be ready to go this week.
On the defensive line, Avondale (Ariz.) five-star prospect Everson Griffen makes his first appearance at USC. Having already unofficially visited UCLA and Arizona, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end will be the most highly rated recruit at the camp. Griffen and Portland (Ore.) defensive tackle, Myles Wade, will face several of the nation's best offensive linemen.
Tucson (Ariz) guard Kristofer O'Dowd and St. Augustine (Fla.) guard James Wilson will anchor the line along with Edison tackle and USC commitment Martin Coleman. All three linemen are four-star prospects with the potential of receiving a five-star rating before seasons' end.
O'Dowd and Wilson both have USC among thier top choices, so the next couple of days could make or break the Trojans' chances of bringing in the nation's top offensive line class.
Other top linemen slated to square off in the Rising Senior trenches are defensive Kenny Rowe of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, offensive guard Miles Stroter of Chicago (Ill.) King, offensive tackle Kevin Bryant of Hallandale (Fla.), offensive tackle Kyle Plouhar of Portland (Ore.), center Justin Cheadle of Bakersfield (Calif.), Scotts Valley (Calif.) defensive end Russell Jenkins and USC commitment Michael Reardon.
Offensive tackle Matt Romine of Tulsa (Okla.) Union and defensive tackle Matthew Masiflo of Ewa Beach (Hawaii) Campbell are not expected to attend this week's camp.
While the big stars may be the big men on the line, the skill positions will provide the camp with plenty of highlights. Both USC quarterback commitments, Aaron Corp and Samson Szakacsy are scheduled to take part in drills. Szakacsy will fly in from Las Vegas, where he attended the final Elite 11 workout of the year.
Catching passes from Corp and Szakacsy will be wide receivers Bryshon Nellum of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly and Malachi Lewis of Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa. Lewis could end up lining up at several different positions, but he'd like to play receiver at the next level.
Tight end may be a thin position at the camp, but Dominic Glover of Mission Viejo (Calif.) and Devin Mahina of Upland (Calif.) could make their way over from defensive end in hopes of a scholarship offer from USC.
In the secondary, several top defensive backs should be in attendance. Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan cornerback Antwoine Baker will get another crack at a scholarship offer from USC, and Donovan Warren, who already holds a scholarship offer from the Trojans, is also expected to lock down receivers at this year's camp. Detroit (Mich.) Mumford cornerback Cedric Everson will be in Los Angeles to unofficially visit USC and UCLA, but he's not expected to attend the camp.
However, every year USC has been known to sneak in a couple high profile campers at the last minute, so expect a surprise or two during the week.
For complete coverage of the Rising Senior Camp, including interviews, photos and video, stay tuned to USCFootball.com!