Yesterday after USC announced the hirings of assistants Tyson Helton and Neil Callaway from Western Kentucky, Trojan fans weren’t the only ones digging into their backgrounds, assessing their backgrounds and critiquing their credentials.
USC offensive line commit Frank Martin II of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei said he also went into discovery mode, trying to analyze the hires, particularly of his new position coach Callaway.
“I did a little bit of research on him yesterday,” Martin II said. “I found out that he worked at Alabama a little bit. Obviously, he’s 60-years old, so he’s probably been around the game a lot. I’m pretty confident in his ability to coach me up.”
Callaway has also been the offensive line coach at Auburn and was the offensive coordinator at Alabama and Georgia — three SEC powers that have traditionally featured run-first offenses. That makes Martin II believe that USC may see a change in offensive philosophy going forward, though he hasn’t discussed his theory with Clay Helton yet.
“With him bringing in all of these new guys, I think we’re going to start running the ball a lot more,” Martin II said. “Maybe go with more Pro[-style sets] and stuff like that because if you look at the hires and where these guys have coached, you can tell that they come from run-heavy schools pretty much.”
Martin II’s commitment to USC is “pretty solid” right now, but he does have an extra official visit still planned.
After taking his official visit to USC for the big recruiting weekend on Jan. 15, Martin II is scheduled to take a trip to the desert for an official visit at Arizona State. But if that trip occurs remains to be seen.
“I really don’t know if I’m going to take it…if I’m going to really need it.
“I’m pretty solid. I’m taking my official to USC on Jan. 15 and I’m looking forward to that.”
Martin II likes the way the recruiting class is shaping up for the Trojans, particularly the recent commitment of five-star Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive lineman Oluwole Betiku, who Martin II believes will make him a much better player through daily battles. “I can’t wait to go up against him.”
He also appreciates the prospects that have been loyal to USC despite all the craziness and changes that have taken place.
“We’ve got some solid guys and throughout all this turmoil, you could actually see who the real Trojans were.”