There has been a good deal of debate about which USC commit is not only the best wide receiver in the Trojans’ 2010 recruiting class, but in the entire country.
Future teammates Robert Woods and Kyle Prater are two players that have created a good deal of buzz among the Scout staff this week in San Antonio.
“Woods and Prater could be the two best players in the country other than Seantrel Henderson,” said Scout’s Bob Lichtenfels.
The talented playmakers entered the week as the top two receivers in the country, and their play during the first two days of practice have more than justified the high rankings that they have.
Woods, who was named the MVP of Monday’s practice, is a silky smooth wide receiver that has dominated from the first snap in San Antonio.
During the opening practice, he made the top two plays of the day, beating Marquis Flowers for a 30-yard touchdown pass in the morning session, and later blew past Eric Reid for 65-yard touchdown reception from Austin Hinder.
Woods followed up his Monday MVP performance by doing nothing - but pulling in another two touchdowns en route to being named the MVP for the second straight day.
“Well, I did not even know that you were going to give out an MVP or something like that, but I just come out here and work hard,” Woods explained. “There are a lot of great name players out here and I am trying to be among the best players here and expand my name a little bit.”
What stands out about Woods is the fact that he isn’t just good in few areas but he excels in every facet of the game. He has shown good hands, above average route running skills and has been elusive after the catch.
“Robert Woods has been the nation's top receiver for most of the year, and while Kyle Prater has been dominating the East, Woods has been doing the same for the West,” Scout’s Brandon Huffman said.
Greg Powers added: “Woods just does it over and over again. Yesterday he drew comparisons to Jerry Rice for his route running ability and hands, but today he showed some special speed, and even I did not know he had an extra gear like that. Woods is still the most productive receiver and the West's go to guy.”
Not to be outdone, Prater has wowed the recruiting experts during the East practices with his combination of size, speed and soft hands.
“Prater can’t be covered one-on-one, I don’t care who the defensive back is it isn’t happening,” Lichtenfels said. “If he goes up in the air, he is coming down with it.”
The 6-5, 205-pound pass catcher has also shown the ability to get separation from the smaller defensive backs, which is usually a problem for players his size.
“Prater adjusts better to poorly thrown balls as well as anyone I have seen,” Lichtenfels said. “He is a long-strider, but he just seems to accelerate past everyone. If there is a ball thrown high, forget about it, because it will be Prater’s.”
While the debate will certainly continue throughout the week and until the pair arrive on campus, USC fans will have the pleasure of making their own assessment in the next four years.
USC commit Robert Woods decided to go for two after scoring a touchdown.
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