Bishop Amat High School football standout Trevon Sidney won’t stray too far from home to play his college ball.
Sidney, a highly coveted receiver and defensive back, picked USC on Friday evening over a who’s who list of college football powerhouses. His verbal commitment was made at “The Opening” football showcase put on by Nike in Oregon.
“The coaching staff is just a great coaching staff,” Sidney said when asked why he chose USC. “Whenever I go there I just feel better and better about the school. When I’m there, I feel most at home.
“I’m pretty proud. I never thought I would be where I am. It’s still a shock.”
Sidney had narrowed his decision to UCLA, Washington, Michigan, Notre Dame and USC. Playing close to family and friends also was a key factor for Sidney, who lives in Covina.
Sidney set out this offseason to improve his stock at receiver. He was already considered one of the top corner back recruits in the country, but prefers to play on offense, which is something USC will allow him to do. Sidney also said the USC coaching staff was open to him playing both ways.
In 2013, Sidney was the Tribune’s Newcomer of the Year after intercepting eight passes in his sophomore season at Amat. Last season, Sidney was an All-Area performer at defensive back and was also the Lancers’ third-leading receiver.
The offseason combine circuit really helped boost Sidney’s exposure as a receiver. He was named wide receiver MVP at the Passing Downs Tournament in March and the Rivals 100 5-Star Camp in Baltimore, Maryland in May.
Sidney joins Glendora quarterback Matt Fink in becoming a local USC commit. Next up could be Sidney’s Bishop Amat teammate receiver Tyler Vaughns.