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
“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
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.”
KLS talks USC
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