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USC's family atmosphere appeals to OL Dejon Stuckey

Dejon Stuckey joined his Cathedral teammates at Elite Junior Day and says he could see himself at USC after the unofficial visit.

At 6-foot-3, 290-pounds, Dejon Stuckey is an imposing figure on the Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral offensive line, but until recently he had been overlooked to an extent with Cathedral recently producing some high-profile prospects.

But Stuckey has been getting grouped more and more with class of 2017 teammates Hunter Echols, Rhedi Short and Jamire Calvin, who are all attracting Power Five conference offers. He’s received interest from California, Northwestern, Louisville, Maryland, Nevada and Wyoming, but said he’s been talking the most with Colorado. 

On Saturday, he joined Echols, Short and Calvin at USC’s Elite Trojan Day where he got an opportunity to meet with the USC coaches and tour the campus. 

“It made the experience better because I was around people that I see everyday and I’m comfortable with. We got to really chop it up with the coaches. Me being there with them, it put me more at ease.”

Stuckey also got a bit of a surprise when the coaches told him they had seen his film.

“When I got there, they said we watched your film and stuff and they’re going to start recruiting me a little bit,” Stuckey said. “I talked to the new o-line coach, Neil Callaway. I talked to Tee Martin. I talked to Ronnie Bradford about just the fact that they’re going to start recruiting me and stuff like that.”

“I liked the experience. I like what they have to offer. They produce a lot of o-lineman as first round guys and they take education really serious there.”

Stuckey knows that he has a long way to go in the recruiting process before National Signing Day next year, but said he could see himself eventually wearing the cardinal and gold. 

“I love the school. It’s a great school. It’s a great environment. I would love to hopefully play there some day. I can see myself playing there and falling in love with the school.

“I liked the coaches and the feeling — it’s a relationship type of thing. They talked a lot about building relationships and they’re just close to home. It’s like a little family there. It’s not just football. They care about everything else like you becoming a better man, raising children, just all of that good stuff.

He’s working hard in the offseason to improve his speed and flexibility to take his game to the next level.

“That’s the two biggest things I’m trying to work on to improve my game. Getting stronger, but the two biggest assets of my game that I feel I can improve on are my flexibility and my speed.”

Stuckey is already a versatile lineman that has played at guard, tackle and center. He is hoping to combine some added technique along with what he says is his best quality — his attitude:

“My attitude is mean, nasty, physical type of player. You can line anyone up in front of me and I’m going to have the mindset that I’m going to go out there and kick their butt and just try to dominate over them,” Stuckey said. “I try to work all my technique. I try to do all that stuff too, but I think my biggest asset is just the way I dominate people, my nastiness and my mentality.”

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