LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Riverside City College Tigers had a big win Saturday night against Long Beach City College to retain the state’s No. 1 junior college ranking.
And while the Tigers headed off the field in celebration after a 27-21
win, the Trojans became the subject of conversation.
USC is now considered the school to beat for Tiger wide receiver Isaac Whitney, who sported a Trojans windbreaker in pregame. But the Tigers
also have former Trojans DeVante Wilson and Junior Pomee on the squad.
Getting his academics in order since being dismissed at USC for legal
issues, Pomee is just getting back on the field for RCC this season.
“I was out of football for a year, and then I had to drop a class this
semester so they kept me out a few more games,” said Pomee. “This is
only my second game back, so I’m just happy to be playing football to
“I was more of a run blocker in this offense tonight, but that’s fine.
This was a big win for us. I’m working my way back, and I’m still a
little rusty. But man, working this whole week with my team, we’re just
trying to accomplish something big.
“Yeah, I’m not really use to being a blocking tight end, but whatever
helps the team.”
The leap from playing D-I football at a school like USC to playing
junior college football at Riverside City College has been a reality
check for Pomee. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound tight end is using his time at
RCC to reflect on his overall mindset as a student-athlete.
“There's a big difference — I can tell you that right now,” said Pomee.
“But it’s about being humble. You go from having everything at USC to
barley having anything at the juco level.
“I look back and I’m grateful. Looking back, it was a lesson learned.
It’s taught me to be more humble than when I was at SC. It’s a real
reality check for me.”
Interestingly, Pomee isn’t the only tight end USC is scouting at RCC.
“USC says they’re currently scouting five tight ends, which includes my
teammate Matt Morin,” said Pomee. “We stay in contact and see what’s going on.
“I’m eligible to go back, so I’m going with the flow and waiting to see
what happens. If I go back, I would love it. Man, I would be so happy.”
Pomee was removed from the football program in 2013 after being charged
with burglary, grand theft and receiving stolen property. However,
after months of legal wrangling, all charges against Pomee were
Pomee, having initially counted toward the Trojans’ 2011 recruiting
class, would not count toward the 24 scholarships USC has available for
the 2015 class. With the Trojans well below the 85 scholarship limit,
Pomee’s addition to the roster would be like found money for Steve Sarkisian.
“The last time I talked to Sark, he said he really wanted me there,”
said Pomee. “I still have contact with the players too, and I asked Tre Madden, ‘Are they really trying to get me back?’
“He said they were really trying to get me back, so I just need to
handle what I have to do, so I’ll be ready to go.”
At this point, USC is Pomee’s first option, but Hawaii and Nevada have
also been in contact with him as of late.
For more on this developing story, stay tuned to USCFootball.com
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