The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Outland nearly won the club tournament title with his team OC Elite, as the Orange County team fell to Team SWAG Factory from Merced in the championship round. Outland did enough to impress new Bulldogs defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward, who walked up to Outland and informed him that the ‘Dogs have extended a scholarship offer to him.
“I was offered during the championship game,” Outland said. “They are a powerhouse football team and I love the way they play.”
Outland excels in coverages that require him to play off of a wide receiver by five to seven yards in his highlight film. With his reported 40-yard dash time of 4.6, Outland makes a beeline to the ball and will either deliver the punishing hit or leap to the sky and intercept the pass. He led the 8-3 Trojans with three picks last season.
Following his junior campaign, the Class of 2017 prospect latched on with OC Elite to help fine tune his defensive back skills.
“The OC Elite football team and staff have made a huge impact on me by helping me with not only the techniques of football and my position, but also loving and caring for me when I was going through my hardest times,” Outland said. “Without OC Elite and my family, I couldn't have done it.”
One of the staff members is program director Kevin Morton, who suited up for Pat Hill and Fresno State in 2003.
Outland adds that Ivy League programs Penn and Princeton have shown interest. Despite not winning the tournament title, he’s happy that the Bulldogs ended his anxieties of wondering when his first offer was going to come.
“To land an offer is the best feeling in the world because it pays off for all the hard work that I put in,” Outland said.