USC visits Washington commit Kentrell Love

While the USC coaches prepares for the Pac-12 Championship in Santa Clara (Calif.) this week, some of the the staff are hitting local high school for the start of in-home visits.

Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Kentrell Love is doing what he normally do at this time of year.

While college coaches drop by campus for in-home visits, Love prepares to play for another CIF Southern Section title. But even with a big game against St. John Bosco ahead, news from USC still trickled into Love’s thoughts.

Monday, the Trojans announced that interim head coach Clay Helton would become USC’s next full time head coach. USC defensive backs coach Keith Heyward was at Centennial this week to follow up on the news.

“We talked about it, and pretty much, he said he doesn’t want to pressure me into anything,” said Love. “He said wherever I feel comfortable going to school the next four years is where I should decide to go.

“With SC, I’m looking into them, but as of right now, I’m really committed to Washington.”

Love committed to Washington in July, but was just offered a scholarship by USC last month. Upon being offered that scholarship, Love said he was still 100-percent committed to the Huskies.

“The school, overall is a great school,” said Love. “It’s lovely out there in Washington and Coach (Chris) Peterson develops these young kids. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

USC did offer Love a scholarship with Helton as a interim coach.

“I didn’t really talk to Coach Sark too much, although USC was recruiting me then and after he got released,” said Love. “Now that Coach Helton got the full time. job, it’s makes me more comfortable looking into USC.

“I know who the coach is and that there won’t be any big changes or anything like that.”

While committed to Washington, Love continues to do his research on the Trojans.

“I’ve looked into them, and as of now, I’m just talking to my family about them and seeing where it goes from there,” said Love. “USC is 45 minutes away from home and it’s a great school and program.

“They also put a lot of players into the league, so that’s really beneficial.”


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