KLS talks USC

Orange Lutheran defensive end Keisean Lucier-South had 47 tackles and seven sacks for the Lancers his senior year. Lucier-South will play for the West in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3.

ORANGE, Calif. — Five-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South could be on the verge of a commitment.

Calling his recruitment “a day-to -day thing,” Lucier-South is cutting his official visit schedule short of two trips. Lucien-South has visited Oklahoma, Oregon and Michigan, but has canceled his visit to Florida with current head coach Will Muschamp stepping down at the end of the season.

Enter USC, which did not make Lucier-South’s original cut of college choices in August.

“I didn’t put them on my list originally because I felt like they didn’t talk to me that much,” said Lucier-South. “People didn’t understand that. People thought I was just a UCLA guy, which wasn’t the case.

“When Coach (Steve) Sarkisian showed up at one of my games and USC started talking to me that’s when they ended up back on the list. Since then, SC has been on me.

“I talk to Coach (Chris) Wilson almost every day with Twitter messages and everything. We have a great relationship and I like how he develops his players. When he was at Georgia, and now at SC, he’s changed the whole vibe.”

USC and UCLA join Oregon, Michigan and Oklahoma as schools Lucier-South is still considering. With the Trojans and Bruins playing Saturday at the Rose Bowl, it’s a game Lucier-South wouldn’t miss.

“Oh, of course I’m going,” said Lucier-South. “I’m really there to watch both teams. It will be my first time watching USC love this year.

“I want to see how they play, and it’ll be good to see how my position plays. USC wants me as that outside linebacker, sort of rush end spot.”

While Lucier-South’s last visit to USC’s campus came over the summer, he has kept a watchful eye on the team throughout the season.

“The one thing people need to know about USC is that they’re really young,” said Lucier-South. “People don’t seem to get that. They’re doing a great job and playing a lot of young guys.

“I was shocked by the Boston College game — that was a tough loss. But since then, they’ve been playing well and they’ve had some good wins. They beat Arizona on the road and now have to finish strong.

“I think Coach Sark has improved the program a lot. When (Lane) Kiffin was there, things were… up and down al lot. Coach Sark treats his players right and I respect that.”

Having not stepped on campus at USC for a solid three months, Lucier-South has no plans to unofficially visit soon.

“When I went there over the summer I got to see the academics, which is a big part of all of this,” said Lucier-South. “Football is three month out of the year, so you have to look at the other aspects of college.

“I do know playing time would be pretty good at USC. My goal is the not redshirt and play as a true freshman. Although, if I have to redshirt then I’ll redshirt. But my goal is to play early.

“I’ve seen the depth chart at USC and they don’t have a lot of guys returning, plus they may have guys leave early. So I check that, but they’re scholarship situation in general doesn’t really come up with the coaching staff.”

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