In an article we did last week on Long Beach Poly (Calif.) wide out Desean Jackson, we mentioned he would battle it out with Los Angeles (Calif.) Jefferson receiver Austin Usher as the top wide out in SoCal for the class of 2005. Here’s a closer look at Usher.
Usher, 6-3, 190 pounds first caught our eye at last summers SoCal Nike Camp and SoCal Nike Combine held a month later. The athletic receiver dominated the one on one drills and made spectacular catches all camp long. He has a long, lean body that is very athletic and he has plus speed, hands and leaping ability.
Usher tested very well clocking a 4.40 in the 40, 4.19 in the shuttle and jumped 32 inches in the vertical at the camp and he’s one of those players we feel will really blow up this spring and summer. As a junior, Usher played for a team that ran the ball the majority of the season but he still caught 21 balls for 595 yards (28. 3 ave) and eight touchdowns.
Usher’s older brother Whitfield, who also played at Jefferson, signed a year ago with Oregon State after originally committing to Stanford. As a result, the Beavers are sitting pretty right now.
“We’re real close,” Usher said. “It would be great to play with him again so I’m definitely looking hard at Oregon State. The other schools in my top five are USC, Florida State, UCLA and Michigan. No one has early offered me yet but I’m not worried about it. I’m just working hard and looking forward to having a great spring and summer.”