Beaver meets a "living legend" at USC

Beaver was surprised by how much he enjoyed Junior Day at USC, but depth chart could be a factor with Trojans.

LAS VEGAS – In spite of the Trojans' well-documented struggles last season, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has a track record that more than speaks for itself, so much so that Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Brandon Beaver was blown away by the chance to interact with Kiffin during USC Junior Day last month.

"It's like talking to a living legend or something," said Beaver, who was unable to participate in the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 Tournament because of a wrist injury. Beaver plays for the 1925 All-Stars, coached by former Trojans Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly.

"Monte Kiffin, he's been there and done that. I want to play for a guy like Monte Kiffin. He'll put me in the right position to get to the NFL."

Beaver also got to spend time with running backs coach Kennedy Pola and defensive backs coach Willie Mack Garza, who showed the full breadth of what USC can offer.

"Junior Day, it was a surprise actually," Beaver said. "I really liked it more than I thought I would, seeing all the new stuff they're building, the coaching staff and the academic side. It's a really good school. I'll definitely consider it."

A decision could be coming soon, though Beaver plans to take his allotment of official visits.

"I think I want to commit before the season, get it all out of the way," he said. "I've talked to my dad a lot. He feels the more I wait, the more it will get hectic for me. I don't want to have to focus on it all the time and instead focus on the season and get the job done."

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