ANAHEIM, Calif. — Riverside City College four-star wide receiver Isaac Whitney took the road less traveled to USC Thursday.
Signing with the Trojans as a midyear graduate in front of media,
family and friends at the STARS Training Facility, Whitney announced
his commitment to USC at the same venue where it all started for him in
“I originally came out here to train at STARS,” explained Whitney. “A
lot of D-I guys and NFL players were working out there, and I knew some
guys training the players, so they told me to come out.
“We had a coaching change back at Central Oklahoma, so I was already
weighing my options to leave. But there’s a lot that goes with that.
“The other players training at STARS were like, ‘You should come out
here and play J.C. ball because you’ll get more looks.’ That’s when I
started talking with the coaches at RCC and LBCC.”
The move wasn’t as easy as it sounds. While Whitney has been painted as
a lifetime USC fan, that’s not entirely true.
“USC was a school that I already started to follow because it was the
school my uncle liked,” said Whitney. “He lived out here, but I was
always an OU fan because I’m from Oklahoma.
“So it wasn’t all about coming to California to be recruited by USC.
That seemed like a good idea because it was close and my uncle was
leaning toward me going there, but that was only part of it.”
However, Whitney’s scholarship from USC in October was a significant
moment in his recruitment.
But with a dozen scholarship offers to play other schools, the Trojans
needed to follow up their scholarship offer with more than just a logo
and a smile.
“It came down to Coach Tee Martin and Coach (Steve) Sarkisian,” said
Whitney. “Coach Tee is a really cool guy and we have a great
relationship already. I really like the coaches at USC.
“The facilities are real nice, and then there’s the location, which is
great. It took a leap of faith to come out here from Oklahoma, but I'm glad I did.
“Plus, I really think USC is going to win a championship real soon. It
would be cool to be a part of that too.”
With junior wide receiver Nelson Agholor draft eligible, Whitney sees a
potential opening to help get USC to that national championship.
“I’m ready to play D-I and make an impact,” said Whitney. “I only have
two years left, so I just want to go in and play and make the most of
“A lot of guys aren’t midyears, so that’s an advantage. It’s big for
me. I’ve played juco and D-II, so I probably have an advantage there
“Coach Tee says he’s looking for that big wide out, and he just really
liked me. He feels like I can come in and do something right away for
the program. Coach Sark has been saying he wants big receivers for a
“He has a plan, so I think he might do something crazy.”
Without a wide receiver on the roster more than 6-foot-2 in height,
Whitney explained why size could create a new dimension in the Trojans’
passing game next season.
“I think with bigger receivers, it’s all about getting off the jam,”
said Whitney. “Coach Tee feels like they don’t have big guys that can
stretch the field.
“They have Nelson and Juju (Smith), but De’Quan (Hampton) and I are
both two or three inches taller than them. They want somebody that can
go up and get the ball.”
Long Beach City College wide receiver De’Quan Hampton joins Whitney in
the 2015 class of commitments for USC. With Hampton at 6-foot-4,
220-pound and Whitney at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, the two bring instant
size and maturity to the line up.
“It’s going to be something special,” said Whitney. “For the first time
in a while, USC can recruit all of the guys they wanted. It’s going to
be a good class and I really believe we will be in the running for a
championship next year. If not next year, the year after that.”
Whitney becomes commitment No. 18 on paper for USC as the nation’s No.
13 junior college player nationally. He is also the first player in the
class of 2015 to sign a letter of intent to USC.
The Trojans also have finical aid agreements signed with five-star
quarterback Ricky Town, five-star offensive tackle Chuma Edoga,
four-star linebacker Cameron Smith and four-star offensive tackle Roy Hemsley.
All five players will enroll at USC in early January and be eligible
for spring football.
This past season, Whitney had 49 catches for 800 yards and four
touchdowns for Riverside City College. Choosing USC over West Virginia
Thursday, Whitney enjoyed the recruiting process, but is ready for the
“It was exciting at first, getting all of the calls,” said Whitney,
“but then it got old after a while. I got really tired of it, but I’m
glad everything happened the way it did.
"This is kind of like a dream come true. This is why I was out there working so hard. To get that offer from USC was a relief and now I’m ready to be a
"I never second guessed making the move. I just believed God had a plan for me and it all worked out.”
Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for more from Isaac Whitney’s signing Thursday, including video and photos.
Whitney signs with USC
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