Wyatt Davis could tell already.
Sitting in an auditorium with all the other prospective USC recruits at the Elite Trojan Day, the five-star Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman said he knows USC football is about to make marked improvement.
”I really love Coach [Clay] Helton’s energy and I can tell he’s really about to turn that program around,” Davis said. “Definitely the energy that Coach Helton had [was the highlight of the day]. It was pretty unreal. It really got everyone hyped.
“The way he views the game and his mentality and the way he wants his players to be. All of that really stood out.”
One of the West’s top prospects, Davis also is really high on new offensive line coach Neil Callaway after getting an opportunity to meet and speak with him and watch him dissect some highlight tape.
“Meeting him, that was definitely great. i could tell that he was really into that hard-nosed football, that aggressiveness. Even from that meeting, he was getting pretty pumped showing us clips of Viane [Talamaivao] and Damien [Mama] knocking dudes down.
“He was just getting pumped and I could just tell that he’s really trying to bring back that hard-nosed football up front. The run-first mentality.”
The Trojans have a strong core of offensive linemen returning and Davis thinks Callaway will be able to take them to the next level.
“They just have such a rich tradition of great offensive linemen. I can just tell that Coach Callaway is going to be a great coach and is going to be putting out a lot of guys.”
With such a large group of recruits, even the 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive guard didn’t get a lot of in-depth one-on-one time with the coaching staff, but he was able to learn some new things about the Trojans, including John Baxter’s academic plan.
“Their goal is to like have guys get their degree in three years,” Davis said. “To me, I find that pretty good. They were also telling us that a lot of guys have done that. That USC degree is definitely a big one. That really stood out to me.”
Davis said he has multiple trips planned to visit schools around the country, including an SEC tour which will see him hit up several of the conferences top teams, but after “a great experience” at USC on Saturday, the Trojans will remain in contention for Davis’ services throughout the recruiting process.
You could already tell.null