Martin Andrus describes himself as being “an all-around defensive lineman that can pretty much do it all.” Tape of the 2017 four-star Los Angeles (Calif.) Senior defensive tackle proves that to be an apt description.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Andrus is likely to be one of the top recruiting targets for USC after the Trojans signed just one defensive tackle in the 2016 class. USC had Andrus on campus Saturday morning for an unofficial visit as part of its Elite Trojan Day event.
“It went good,” Andrus said. “They stressed a lot about family. I think that's what I really liked about USC. It's a family; it's not just a college.”
“I enjoyed the energy of the coaching staff. It was a good experience.”
California's top defensive tackle and the No. 23 overall player in the 2017 Scout 300 has a number of high-profile schools reaching out to him. USC is one of six schools, along with UCLA, LSU, Oregon, Arizona and Notre Dame, that Andrus said are heavily pursuing him.
“The [USC coaches] were just glad to see me there. They were glad I could make it. I got to talk to Coach KU [Kenechi Udeze] individually and I got to talk to Coach Clay Helton a little bit too.”
With so many quality options, he believes his recruitment will go all the way to National Signing Day next February, but USC should remain in the hunt throughout.
“They are close to home. I'm familiar with the area, so that might be an advantage,” Andrus said. “I like their family environment and they have a lot of connections, so you can't go wrong with a USC degree.”