Back To Square One For Schwab

Four-star JUCO offensive lineman Brice Schwab was in an airplane and on his way to USC when he got the news that Pete Carroll was leaving the Trojans for the Seattle Seahawks. Schwab was preparing to start school at USC on Monday, now he is beginning the recruiting process all over again...

San Marcos (Cal.) Palomar four-star offensive tackle Brice Schwab is sorting through a lot of emotions right now. The former Pennsylvania small school player thought everything was good in the world and then it gets turned upside down on him.

"I was headed to San Diego and when I landed I found out that Pete Carroll was leaving," Schwab said. "I was pretty shocked. It really sucks. This has been such a long process from high school to junior college and I was all set, now this happens." Schwab has been diligently trying call as many coaches as he can and remain pro-active during the recruiting dead period.

"I have called coaches from Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Washington, UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon State," Schwab stated. "I'm just trying to do some homework right now and see what everyone has to offer me. I plan on taking three visits, starting this weekend, but I'm not sure where yet."

There is still an outside chance that Schwab could end up a Trojan.

"I could still end up there," he said. "It would depend on who is coaching there and how I'd fit in." This whole ordeal has made Schwab see recruiting in a different light. He has learned that not everything is as it seems.

"I have to go through this whole recruiting process again," Schwab said. "I see the business side of things now. I see a whole different aspect of it and it won't happen to me again. I'm going to be very careful this time."

Schwab knows what he is looking for and whatever school he picks will be chosen based on the feel he gets and if they meet his criteria.

"I want to play for an offensive line coach that knows what he is doing," Schwab explained. "I want to play for a coach who emphasizes technique and will make me better. I'll have to have a good feel for head coach and stability. I won't get burned again. The depth chart will be something that I will look at. I plan on going somewhere I am going to have a chance to start."

Schwab wants to play for a solid offensive line coach like Steve White who has mentored him at Palomar. Schwab admits he has come a long way since his days at Moniteau High School back in rural Pennsylvania.

"I will never forget my time here and what it has done for me," Schwab said. "Coach White has worked with me on my technique and made me so much better. I honestly cannot say enough about him."


Bruin Report Online Top Stories