2004 Recruiting: Wide Receivers

Fred Davis

It's a very good group of talent at the wide receiver spot this year and with the success of Mike Williams as a freshman it appears that a lot of top HS recruits are anxious to "be like Mike" and join the Trojans. USC is getting strong looks from some of the elite receivers in the country and will look at bring in at least two players at this spot. Click below for a listing of receiver recruits for 2004:

The Trojans have offered a trio of local receivers led by speedy Derrick Jones from LB Poly. Jones (5-11, 160) is one of the top sprinters in the state although an ankle injury prevented him from advancing to the state meet in the sprints. He has the kind of speed (10.4) which Norm Chows wants in a deep threat to be able to get downfield when needed. Derrick has said the Trojans will be one of the top schools on his list along with Miami, Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas. Michael Bumpus (6-0, 185) from Culver City is simply a "football player" with a playing style similar to that of former Trojan Windrell Hayes. Michael will choose from a list of schools that includes USC, UCLA, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. One interesting athlete to watch will be Anthony Vernaglia (6-4, 215) from Orange Lutheran. Anthony can play a variety of spots from WR to TE to LB and he's got good genes with a father who played at Penn State. He currently has a top 4 of USC, Penn State, Virginia, UCLA.

The USC coaches went to the Northern California Nike Camp and saw Cameron Colvin from DeLaSalle put on a solid display by beating every defender he went up against in the one on one drills. Colvin measured out at 6-2, 193 and ran a 4.31 so when you combine all that with a player who has never lost a high school football game it makes for a good prospect. Cameron is smooth and athletic with body control to draw comparisons to Lynn Swann. He lists USC (offer) and Michigan as leaders over UCLA, ASU and others. Lavelle Hawkins (5-11, 165) from Edison of Stockton is a speedster with a lot of natural ability. He was shaky at the USC skills camp and then looked very good at the Nike Camp but there's no denying that he can be a playmaker. USC, Tennessee, Washington, Cal and SDSU.

Mike Williams proved that an out-of-state receiver can come to USC and get a chance to shine and this year the Trojan coaches are once again reaching out to a few of the top players across the nation. Fred Davis from Rogers HS in Toledo, Ohio is one of those guys. Davis (6-4, 210) has all the skills of a prototype "big" receiver and he has the scholarship offers to prove it. Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami, Tennessee and Texas are a few of the schools who have joined the Trojans in pursuit of Davis. The Buckeyes are the early leader but he's said USC will get a visit. A player who might be the best athlete available is Early Doucet (6-1, 208) from St. Martinville HS in Louisiana. As a QB last year he ran for 1,200 yards and passed for 600 but WR is his likely position in college. Early is wide open but a few of the schools on his list, all have offered, are LSU, USC, Miami and Texas. BMW was well known as a basketball player in HS and so is Quentin Chaney (6-6, 205) from Washington HS in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chaney wants to play both sports in college and has claimed interest in the Trojans but Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are both after him as well.

Some others on the evaluation list include Justin Shaw and Javonte Holmes from Palmdale, Brandon Braezel (Edison, Fresno), Damon Morton (North), DeAndre Gassaway (Cajon), Ryan Graves (Muir) and Dian Lang (Bellflower).

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