Four-star linebacker Merlin Robertson looks to be the next great prospect to come out of Southern California talent factory Serra High in Gardena.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound 2018 recruit is on track to be a rare four-year starter for the program and he’s already drawing interest from college programs around the country. Like many of his Gardena Serra predecessors, Robertson is considering USC as a potential destination. He recently received a scholarship from the Trojans.
“I was relieved. I felt way better. It was a huge blessing to receive an offer from the biggest and greatest university in the world,” Robertson said. “It was a huge blessing for me and my family. My whole family is USC fans, so it was good.”
Robertson was on the phone with USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin when Martin passed off the phone to head coach Clay Helton. Robertson had been under the weather that day, but quickly got some news that made him feel better.
“They talked to me about putting together a national back-to-back winning team in two years and he just offered me a scholarship.”
Only a sophomore, Robertson isn’t ready to make any quick decisions on his collegiate future. Instead, he wants to experience the recruiting process and plans to stay open to allow other teams an opportunity to pursue him.
“But I’m going to keep USC in mind,” he said. “They’re one of my favorites right now. Them and BYU.”
A member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Robertson currently plans to take his mission trip and how schools respond to that desire could help him determine where he will eventually play.
Robertson recently visited USC for the Trojan Elite Day and came away impressed.
“I got to see everything. The whole campus, the whole get down and everything. They told us about school and the history of the school and everything. It was great”
He also spent some time getting to know new linebackers coach Johnny Nansen, a fellow Polynesian.
“He’s Poly and just wants to build a good relationship with us — all the linebackers that go to USC, all the Samoans, Polys and stuff,” Robertson said. “All he talked about was winning championships. You can’t go to USC if you don’t want to win a championship. That’s all he talked about.”
Will Robertson help the Trojans win championships? Can USC land yet another high-profile player from Gardena Serra?
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