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USC Notes for Elite 11 and The Opening

7/7/2014

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- There was a lot of activity for USC recruits on Monday as the Elite 11 quarterbacks finished up their second day of on-field work. Participants for The Opening also arrived in anticipation of events starting Tuesday.

Both quarterbacks Ricky Town and Sam Darnold went a trio of activities -- including a half-skelly drill at the end of the session. Town made one of the highlights of the day with a 30-yard touchdown pass that drew praise from Trent Dilfer, one of the coaches for the event. Town did not make the top 10 list from the first day of action as he continues to battle back from a recent right knee injury so it will be interesting to see where he stands as the competition progresses.

Darnold continues to impress as one of the surprise stories of the event. A relative sleeper at the start of this recruiting cycle after being injured early in his junior year, Darnold combines a 6-foot-4 frame with an easy-going demeanor on the the field. One coach at the event said Darnold might be a sleeper to some but being at the Elite 11 isn't too big for him. Darnold will narrow his finalists after the camp is over and the speculation is that USC and Oregon are the schools to beat. Darnold can also observe both Town (USC) and Travis Waller (Oregon) at the Elite 11 event, before he decides at the start of his senior year.

A pair of targets on the Trojan wish list are scheduled to announce their choices this week: offensive lineman Andre James and defensive back/wide receiver Isaiah Langley. James recently took unofficial visits to both USC and UCLA and says he already knows his ultimate destination. The Trojans already have three potential tackles committed in this class, and James could project at tackle as well. James says the other commits will not impact his decision. Langley is tall and lean and can play on either side of the ball, but his future is likely on defense where he would play corner. His top choices are USC, UCLA, ASU, Oregon and Cal.

Defensive end recruit Keisean Lucier-South made it to the event after the first plane ride of his life. "I was sweating and my head started hurting," he said. Keisean said five schools are sticking out right now: USC, UCLA, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma.

One of the top players from Hawaii, offensive guard Fred Ulu-Perry, is also in the process of shortening his final list. Recent offers from UCLA and Oregon put those schools in consideration but Ulu-Perry took part in the recent USC Rising Stars Camp and said he is willing to wait on an offer from the Trojans because that would put them at the top of his top list.