Four-star junior commits to USC

Belleuve (Wash.) junior tight end Isaac Garcia is rated a four-star tight end by, but after committing to USC Monday night, he could end up still playing defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level.

Bellevue (Wash.) junior tight end Isaac Garcia grew up a Trojan fan, and Monday night, he decided that there was no to delay his goal in becoming a Trojan any longer.

USC has been my dream since I was younger, and ever since I got the offer I started thinking about committing,” said Garcia. “I was talking to my grandpa this weekend, who still lives in California, and he was saying why wait.

“Going to USC was my dream, so why wait on committing and accomplishing my dream? I took that to heart and that’s when I decided to call the coaches. I feel like that’s the right decision for me in my family.”

Isaac, originally from Fontana (Calif.), got his scholarship offer from USC just two months ago. While his first instincts were to wait it out and see what other scholarships might come his way, Isaac was excited to call USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and area recruiter Marques Tuiasosopo Monday.

“They were excited and fired up,” said Garcia. “They were yelling and stuff. I was fired up and just felt welcome.

“The coaches feel like I can play anywhere on the field. I still have a year to go, so they said they’ll see. I can play defense or offense.”

Garcia is rated as a four-star tight end by Scout, but he also plays defensive end and outside linebacker for Bellevue. Garcia himself has no real preference on where he plays - as long as he gets to hit someone.

“I can play anywhere,” said Garcia. “You tell me where to play and I’ll play it and love and give it 100-percent. If someone was to make me choose… I’d probably pick defense just because I like to hit people.

“You get that anger and excitement out. But on offense getting pancake blocks is pretty awesome too, so either way is good for me. I love the game.”

Off the field, Garcia also has some specific reasons why USC makes sense for his college future.

“Academics played a big part, and academically, USC is unbelievable,” said Garcia. “I want to be a forensics science major, and USC has really good programs for that major. How can you pass that up?

“And that’s where I’m from, so I felt really at home there. In Washington, we don’t get that much sun, so that warm weather just reminds me of home even though I live in Washington now.”

Garcia has a scholarship offer from Washington State and is receiving interest from schools throughout the Pac-12. While he committed to USC Monday, he is honest about it being a long ways until signing day 2016.

“I wouldn’t say I’m completely done with recruiting,” said Garcia. “I’m a 16-year-old kid and you only get this chance once in your life.

“I’ve talked about it with my coach and I think I’ll still take some visits. But really, I think USC is probably where I’ll end up going — for sure.” Top Stories