USC and Coach Pete Carroll received good news early on in the recruiting process when safety Dallas Sartz (6'5, 205 lbs) verbally committed to the Trojans. I recently had a chance to talk to Sartz about his past year on the field, how his summer has been coming along, and the strength of his verbal commit.
At his safety spot for Granite Bay High School, Sartz is one of the more aggressive players you'll see as reflected by his 80 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 4 sacks last year. He's also a great all-around athlete, participating in basketball and track and field.
Sartz has been hard at work this summer running, lifting, and doing "a lot of agility work." He recently maxed 245 on the bench, squated 410, power cleaned 265, and his most recent 40 time was a 4.6.
When the subject of his commitment to USC came up, Sartz spoke in a much more animated tone and you can tell he is extremely excited to be a Trojan. He is firmly committed to USC and will not be visiting any other schools. Sartz is also already fully academically qualified. When asked about why he chose USC, Sartz repeatedly talked about the coaching staff, "I really like the coaching staff, and coach Carroll, He knows what he's doing." Sartz recently came down for the four-day camp at USC and the comfort with his decision only grew stronger, "It was great. It was a great opportunity to see where I'll be for the next five years."
A hot topic has been where exactly Sartz will play at USC. A safety at the moment, Sartz has the size to grow into a linebacker and this is where many think he'll end up in college. In fact, Greg Biggins of Pac West Football recently named him the #1 linebacker prospect on the entire West Coast. Right now, neither Sartz or the USC coaching staff are too concerned with where he'll play. "The coaches just said ‘We'll see when you get here.' If I put on the weight, then fine. If not, then I can stay where I am now."