Gerard Martinez

Keyshawn Young officially visits USC

Keyshawn Young has been to Los Angeles before, but with signing day closing in, this weekend's trip to USC could influence the next four years of his life.

Miami (Fla.) three-star athlete Keyshawn Young hit the left coast on his final official visit of the year and had the type of trip that will keep a USC hat placed prominently on the table Feb. 3.

While most kids making the trip from Los Angeles from Florida have to determine whether they can live away from home for college, Young has already made that decision.

He will choose among USC, Louisville and Michigan for his final college choices.

“That’s my final three, and I’m going to announce at 1:00 p.m. EST on signing day,” said Young. “I had a great time at USC — I loved it. But I really liked all of my visits. That’s really why those are the schools I’m choosing from.”

Young was hosted at USC by Trojan junior defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow. The former five-star U.S. Army All-American defensive tackle made a similar trek across country to USC four years ago.

“Kenny Bigelow and I talked about living out in Cali and how things are different,” said Young. “He likes it though. There’s a lot of opportunity out at USC. I also talked with Juju [Smith-Schuster] some too.

“I can see myself at USC. I really enjoyed myself.”

This weekend was the second time Young had been in Southern California. Taking part in the B2G Sports camp last summer, Young got a chance to see life outside of Los Angeles proper.

“Tee Martin has been recruiting me,” said Young. “I have a good relationship with him and Coach [Keynodo] Hudson. They hit me up all of the time, so I’m comfortable with the coaches at USC.

“I didn’t get to see campus last time, so this trip I needed to see if I would be a good fit. I think I would be. Just seeing the area, the big city… I think I would fit in.”

Young is being recruited by USC as an athlete, with a specific focus on his potential to play cornerback.

“We talked about that, but they said I can play wherever I feel comfortable,” said Young. “They love my speed.”

Young made the visit with another South Florida native, Miami (Fla.) four-star safety Jamel Cook. With both having the potential of playing in the same defensive backfield at USC, the two formed a good bond on the West Coast.

“Yeah, we’re real, real close,” said Young. “We’ve been thinking about (playing together), so wherever I go, I think he’s coming too. We have to make our own decisions, but yeah, everyone will know Feb. 3.” Top Stories