After blowing up last spring with scholarship offers from all over the country, Salem (Utah) four-star defensive end Porter Gustin narrowed his choice down to USC, Ohio State, Arizona State and Utah.
"This group was up at 2:00 a.m. discussing each option," said his father, John Gustin. "We retired to bed and then received a text at 3:15 a.m. this morning from Porter informing us he has made a decision."
Tuesday, in front of a large crowd of friends and family at Salem Hills
High School gymnasium, Gustin became commitment No. 21 for the USC
class of 2015.
“I’ve decided to commit to the University of Southern California,” said
Gustin, rated the nation’s No. 6 defensive end by Scout,
explained his decision as being a tribute to his relationship with the
Trojan coaching staff and his appreciation for tradition.
“The environment up there is just great,” said Gustin. “USC is a
school I’ve followed my whole life, and from the first time I went up
there for a visit, I’ve had a great relationship with the staff.
“Coach (Justin) Wilcox, Coach (Peter) Sirmon and Coach (Marques) Tui
all stayed in contact with me throughout. I like the direction they’re
taking the team and I think they can definitely be in the national
championship hunt here in the next couple of years.
"I feel like the program is on the rise.”
While Gustin’s final in-home and official visits went to Ohio State, he
and his family ended up taking four different trips to USC. The last
coming Jan. 16 with many of the Trojans then committed recruits.
Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins sees Gustin eventually
growing into a 265-pound defensive end hybrid.
“Gustin is one of the most versatile defensive players out West with
the ability to play outside linebacker or defensive end, said Biggins.
“He's a natural pass rusher, has great closing speed and is a huge
“He's a physical player with great strength and loves the weight room.
He' strong against the run, does a nice job getting off blocks and
plays with a great motor.”
Gustin commits to USC with the potential of playing MIKE linebacker or
rush end. With his favorite player being former Chicago Bear middle
linebacker Brian Urlacher, Gustin talked about playing in
the middle of the defense from the U.S Army All-American Bowl.
“Yeah, Urlacher is tall, big and fast, so I like him,” said Gustin that
week of practice. “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) because I got
to see some higher competition and it prepared me for college.”
Gustin had a pick six in the Army All-American Bowl on his way to
winning Defensive MVP for the West team.
With Gustin’s pledge Tuesday and the commitment of Salt Lake City
five-star linebacker Osa Masina Jan. 23, the Trojans now have the two
top players in Utah committed among the 2015 class.
Porter Gustin Picks USC
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