The Trojans didn’t get any televised commitments in the U.S. Army All-American game on Saturday but there was still an impact made by USC recruits. Here are three prospects, one committed and two undecided, who starred in the 37-9 victory for the West team:
CB Jackie Jones: What a difference a year has made for Jones, who was known more as a receiver after his junior season with comparisons to DeSean Jackson, another Long Beach Poly product. At a spring regional camp for The Opening, Jones flipped over to play cornerback and he has advanced to the point where he is currently the No. 9 ranked corner in the ESPN 300. His interception in the Army game was a great example of his skill set as he made the play on the ball in the end zone, and then was able to put together a nice return using his speed and running ability. Jones also led the West team in tackles with eight, including seven solo tackles. In a game that featured some of the top players in the country his athleticism just jumped out. Cornerback is a huge priority to fill with the remaining spots for USC, and Jones is the name at the top of the position wish list.
TE Devin Asiasi: While there may be debate among college coaches and fans about which position Asiasi will play in college (tight end or defensive line) there is no doubt that Devin is doing everything he can to make it clear he prefers offense, and he stated his case loudly in the Army game with a 26-yard touchdown reception. Asiasi is a big target at 270 pounds and probably is more well-known as a blocker coming out of the run-based offensive system at De La Salle but he can move pretty well as he showed on the touchdown grab when he ran open down the middle of the field. Asiasi will take an official visit to USC on January 30 along with his high school teammate, defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa. Both players are ranked in the ESPN 300 (Asiasi No 15, Tagaloa No. 97).
WR Tyler Vaughns: There were a lot of big plays for the West in the game and the 19-yard touchdown catch by Vaughns drew as much attention as any of them. It was a typical Vaughns play where he got behind the defender and separated himself at the last minute to make the fluid catch. Many of the recruiting analysts talk about his ability to compete for every ball in the air and this play was a great example with the way he created space and used his long arms. Tyler, ranked as the No. 13 wide receiver in the ESPN 300, led the team with three catches for 44 yards, while his Bishop Amat teammate Trevon Sidney added one catch for 14 yards.