Most recruits arrive at the Rising Stars Camp with hopes of earning a scholarship offer from USC, but for Jabari Ruffin, who committed to the Trojans back in March, it was an opportunity to learn more about his future teammates and coaches.
The four-star linebacker from Downey High School spent most of his time with linebacker coach Joe Barry and fellow USC commit, Scott Starr.
“It was our first time ever playing together,” Ruffin said of Starr. “We did some linebacker drills with Coach Barry, then some one-on-ones, seven-on-seven and team.
Ruffin lined up at the weak-side linebacker spot and Starr showcased his skills on the strong-side.
“We clicked as teammates already so we are just very excited about it,” Ruffin said. “The tempo was high and everyone was competing. Scott was doing his thing. He was ballin’.”
The Rising Stars Camp has always drawn some of the top players in the country and Ruffin welcomed the opportunity to test himself against the best.
“It’s fun to compete no matter who it is, especially at USC, because being on that field just makes you want to compete and you are around the USC coaching staff,” he said.
Another player that received rave reviews for his play was Nelson Agholor, a four-star athlete from Tampa, Florida.
“I met Nelson Agholor. He’s a baller and we were chatting with him a little bit,” Ruffin said. “Of course everyone wants him to commit to USC. He is a good guy and a good person.”
Agholor has the athleticism to play on either side of the ball on the next level and already has offers from USC, Texas, Michigan, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and Auburn among others.
“It would be great to have him come in," Ruffin said. "He’s SC material. He’s fast and he’s a playmaker."
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