USC Linemen Camp Recap

Antwaun Woods

Yesterday USC held its annual Offensive/Defensive Linemen Camp and Scott Schrader and Kevin Carden collaborated in providing a recap of the top performers at the camp. Scout.com West Coast expert and one of the best in the business, Brandon Huffman, also provided commentary on many of the prospects.

Giovanni Di Poalo – Di Poalo from St. Bonaventure, has a good frame and athleticism, but struggled a bit during the one-on-one drills in the morning session. He got better as the day went on and definitely got a lot of attention from the USC coaching staff.

According to Scout.com West Coast Analyst, Brandon Huffman, DiPoalo will more than likely end up a center or guard. And most of the time on Sunday he was getting beaten badly off the edge working out as a tackle

Alex Crosthwaite – Crosthwaite from San Diego is a real physical offensive lineman that excelled during the one-on-one drills. He was a wall that the defensive linemen had trouble penetrating. Crosthwaite was definitely one of the top offensive linemen we saw on Sunday. He's definitely a prospect USC is seriously considering offering a scholarship and was told to be patient and that USC is slow with handing out offers. Alex told us before the camp he will not be at the Rising Stars Camp. We'll find out tonight if that's still the case.

Ben Loth – Ben Loth from Crespi showed good footwork during the agility drills and was one of the top performers throughout the day. He played with great tenacity and really got the offensive line group fired up with his play. Loth is an under the radar guy that stood out this weekend.

Michael Criste- Criste, a 6-5, 295 offensive lineman from Mission Viejo High, wasn't an offensive lineman we saw much of at the camp yesterday, but he spoke to Coach Pat Ruel at length after the camp, and he told us Coach Ruel said Criste is one of USC's top five prospects and could receive an offer some time in September. Criste told us he might back at USC for the Rising Stars Camp, but his family is in the process of moving and he said, "I told Coach Ruel and Coach Carroll I would like to make it to the camp and see what happens, but things are a little hectic right now with my family moving."

Huffman said, "He's a Mission Viejo kid and will get a lot of attention, but I don't think he's in the same category as Jeff Baca (UCLA) or Kevin Bemoll (Cal). He's definitely a potential top prospect, but I don't think he's as good a prospect as a Chris Ward, Erik Kohler, Di Poalo or Alex Crosthwaite, but he's a good prospect. Washington offered him a scholarship last week and with a big senior year, should get some more Pac-10 offers."

Brandon Mitchell – Brandon Mitchell, also from Taft, was one of the biggest kids at the camp and he had a good showing playing on the offensive side of the ball. Mitchell overpowered defenders at times with his massive frame. He is definitely a player to keep an eye on. Mitchell is a solid prospect and really moves well for his size.

Jay Barlow – Jay Barlow from Helix High School was one of the more agile offensive linemen on Sunday and has a good athletic frame. He was good, but not great during the one-on-one period and had a very good overall showing. Barlow will definitely be one of the top offensive linemen in southern California this year.

Vincent Rudolph – Rudolph was probably the most athletic player in the offensive linemen group and also showed very good technique. He is still on the thin side but is an intriguing tackle prospect. He played both offensive tackle and defensive end on Sunday and reminded us a bit of 2009 recruit Taylor Lewan, who signed with Michigan.

Brent Williams – Williams is a very skinny defensive end from Taft High School that is very quick of the ball. Williams dominated the offensive linemen with his speed off the edge. Needs to add a lot of weight to be considered a college defensive end and I would love to see him in pads to get a true evaluation of his skills. But word from Williams is USC is recruiting him as a linebacker and if he attends The Rising Stars Camp, he will work full time with Ken Norton and the linebackers.

Antwaun Woods – 2011 defensive tackle Antwaun Woods was arguably the top defensive tackle at the camp. Woods displayed a good combination of speed and strength and continually beat the offensive linemen off the ball with a quick first step. Woods should be one of the better defensive tackle prospects in California next year. Woods told us USC wants to see his grades before offering and he was one of the select prospects the coaching staff spent considerable time talking to after the camp yesterday. Woods might attend the Rising Stars Camp, but he and a few teammates are attending a camp at Penn State on June 27, and that might make it tough for him to attend the USC camp.

Brandon Huffman added his comment about Woods. "He's been on varsity since he was a freshman and he and Jalen Grimble (Xavier's brother) could be the two elite defensive tackles from the West Coast next year. He's been pretty highly thought of since he was a freshman. Back then he looked like a boy, but now he's starting to look like a man."

Kirifi Taula- Taula from Servite definitely passes the eye-ball test and has great size. According to Brandon Huffman, He could end up playing on offense in college, but he's more than likely a wide body who will end up an interior defensive lineman. He's a good solid prospect, but not on the same level as a George Uko. Uko will be at The Rising Stars camp.

Sam Campbell from Crescenta Valley also had an impressive showing and should get mentioned as one of the stand out performers at USC's Linemen Camp.

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