Claremont (Calif.) offensive lineman Jordan Austin went to USC's Rising Stars camp over the summer with the highest of hopes, to earn an offer to play for the Trojans.
At the end of camp, former coach Lane Kiffin extended that offer. Austin wanted to commit on the spot, but thought it was best to discuss the decision with his parents first.
That discussion went quickly and there was no doubt in Austin's mind he wanted to be a Trojan. Just hours after receiving the offer, Austin called USC to commit.
It's been seven months and a coaching change since Austin gave the Trojans his verbal commitment, but he hasn't wavered once.
The 6-foot-5 280-pound guard put himself on pace to graduate early from Claremont High School.
He enrolled at USC Jan. 13 for the spring semester and is set to participate in the Trojans 15 spring practices.
Austin is the kind of player USC fans have come to love over the years. He wanted to be a Trojan from day one and says he'll do anything to contribute.
"I'm ecstatic for the opportunity. I'm blessed. This really goes to show, hard work does pay off."
USC's offensive line is as thin as its been in recent history due to scholarship numbers as well as the loss of Marcus Martin to the NFL draft and the graduation of starting right tackle Kevin Graf and right guard John Martinez.
Austin will no doubt be an able body during the spring, a time in which he'll be able to begin to adjust to the speed of the college game and begin to work on developing his body.
As for potential impact in the fall of 2014? Austin may be a player who will need a year or two to develop before seeing significant time in the Pac-12.