Inside with Porter Gustin

USC and Arizona State have been often considered the frontrunners in Porter Gustin's recruitment, but the U.S. Army All-American linebacker still has plans to visit two other schools officially in January.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Porter Gustin came to the U.S. Army All-American practices as one of the most versatile athletes in the country.

On Monday, however, Gustin was able to focus on one position. It’s the position he played at Salem Hills High School and a position he has stepped into after idolizing former All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher.

“Yeah, Urlacher is tall, big and fast, so I like him,” said Gustin. “Some schools are recruiting me to play outside linebacker too, but I’ll play anywhere. USC likes me playing inside. It was good playing (MIKE) today because I got to see some higher competition.

“If I do go to USC and play the MIKE position, it gets me more comfortable with that. I play MIKE for my high school team, but the competition level gives me good experience. I thought I did pretty well.”

Porter has yet to visit USC officially, but he has been to campus multiple times unofficially. That included a trip to Los Angeles Dec. 5 with 25 of his family members.

“They love going on trips with me and going to games,” said Gustin. “My whole family likes USC, so it was kind of a family trip.”

Going forward, Gustin is still eying three official visits in January, including one to USC.

“I’m hoping to see USC, Ohio State and Arizona State,” said Gustin. “That’s if all goes well. I don’t really have an order how I’d like to take the trips. I have to call each staff and work it out. I haven’t really talked about it with any of them yet.”

Gustin’s interest in USC almost assures the Trojans of an official visit.

“I feel like they’re going uphill right now,” said Gustin. “It’s a program on the rise and they have a good recruiting class. they play great football traditionally. I really like the coaching staff. I really feel they can get me to that next level.”

Gustin caught some of the Trojans 45-42 victory over Nebraska Saturday night in the Holiday Bowl.

“Yeah, I watched some of it but I missed the end, which was the best part,” said Gustin. “I don’t know why, but they just haven’t always finished real well. It ended up being close, and I think some of those games have been close late because of USC’s scholarships.”

With three more official visits in mind, Gustin may not make a commitment until signing day.

"Yeah, possibly," said Gustin. "It won't be anytime soon, that's for sure."

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