Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline offensive lineman Matthew Cindric made the first of two visits to the Golden State this spring, when he took a trip to Los Angeles.
The Trojans are watching Cindric closely, though they haven't offered, while the Bruins gave Cindric one of his 15 offers.
"USC was just amazing," said Cindric. "The school itself is one of the best in the country, and along with the pedigree that their football team has, it's really hard to beat."
The tradition of Troy left an impression on Cindric.
"What stood out to me was the just the tradition of winning that they have," said Cindric. "Everyone is held to a high standard and is expected to play all out every play, and I really like that team mentality."
While Cindric doesn't yet have an offer from the Trojans, they did tell him they wanted to see him in person again.
"They want me to come to camp but I'm not sure how close they are to offering," said Cindric.
The Bruins, on the other hand, offered Cindric in March so his visit to Westwood allowed him to get a closer look at a real contender for him.
"My visit to UCLA was awesome," said Cindric. "It was really fun to watch practice and check out the campus. I got to learn more about the school and the academics which is super important to me."
With several changes on the offensive side of the ball, Cindric noted the team attitude was trending up.
"What stood out to me the most was just the excitement all the coaches and players had about the upcoming season," said Cindric. "There was buzz around the team that you can tell they are going to do something special in the future."
One of those changes was with the offensive line coach, with Hank Fraley now in charge of the big men.
"I got to sit down with Hank Fraley, the offensive line coach, and we just talked about what my role would be on the team and how they would see me fitting in to their line," said Cindric.
He also got to check the nearly-completed facilities on the Bruin campus.
"The new facilities are amazing," said Cindric. "The Wasserman Center is going to be one of the best facilities in the entire country. Everything in there is geared toward the players wants and needs too, which was cool to see."
Cindric will get back to California in the coming weeks and then plans to visit another Pac-12 South school.
With some more visits set, he'll wait until those are done to trim his list.
"No one is standing out right now," said Cindric. "Once I get a chance to visit all the schools I want to, I'll be able to see who is standing out."
Several schools have been by the Skyline campus since mid-April.
A decision on where he'll go is still a ways off.
"I don't have time frame yet," said Cindric. "Whenever I feel ready, that's when I'll commit."