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Keyshon camp officially visiting USC

USC will host two official visitors this weekend, including Trojan commit Keyshon Camp.

Lakeland (Fla.) defensive tackle Keyshon Camp is going back to Cali. After a summer visit to the Rising Stars Camp at USC, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound four-star is ready to see the Trojans on game day.

But by Trojans, he doesn’t just mean football players.

“I want to see the atmosphere at USC,” said Camp. “I want to see what game day is like and how the fans are. For some players, you want to see the support of the team and get pumped by the crowd.

“I’ve seen the city and the schools, so I really want to see how the game is. I’ll also talk with the coaches and get to talk to the advisers about classes, but the one thing I didn’t see last summer was the stadium with fans in it. The positivity of the fans makes it all better.”

USC will host Arizona this weekend in a matchup of unranked opponents. Since Clay Helton took over as interim head coach at USC, the Trojans are 2-1.

Camp wants to see the progression of the defensive line against the Wildcats' high-powered spread attack.

“I want to see how the defensive linemen use their hands and get off blocks,” said Camp. “I want to see them come off the ball fast.

“I met a lot of those guys over the summer, so I get to see them in action now. I also get to talk to them about what they're going through without having a coach. I want to know what pushes them to keep winning games.”

Even with the potential coaching turnover at USC, Camp remains committed to the Trojans and has no plans to second guess that decision.

“I’m sticking with USC,” said Camp. “The weather, the atmosphere, the alumni network USC has… there’s lots of reasons to stay with USC.

“I love L.A. and how there’s always something to do. I love that lights, camera, action atmosphere out there.”

Camp will officially visit USC along with Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove four-star defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson. Both players visited USC in June.

The two top defensive linemen have kept in touch since then and look forward to finding out more about USC’s next head coach.

“I think I’ll have to sit down with the AD and see who they’re leaning toward hiring,” said Camp. “We need to find out who wants the job and who wants to come to USC to win some national championships.”

Camp has no preferences when it comes to the resume of the next Trojans head coach.

“My relationship will be with the position coach, although I would like to be able to call the head coach when I need to and talk to him about things,” said Camp. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a defensive or offensive minded coach. They just have to want to win.”

Camp will still officially visit Oregon, Pitt and Alabama, although those trips will be scheduled for after his senior season.


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