Six-foot-four, 290-pound offensive tackle Alex Forsyth was supposed to be staying in state this weekend.
Earlier in the spring, the West Linn (Ore.) product said he had a visit to Oregon scheduled for the particular weekend, but after getting an offer from USC a few weeks ago, Forsyth made some schedule adjustments.
“I just visited [USC] for the Spring Game,” Forsyth said. “It was great. They have a really nice school, very nice facilities and obviously a very nice stadium.
“The coaches are great. I love the new offensive line coaches. I can tell that they have experience and they know what they’re doing. Overall, it was a great visit.”
Forsyth picked a perfect April day to visit with the sun shining bright and the heat not quite to summer levels. He was impressed by the USC campus and how pristine everything was.
“Just how nice all the buildings and everything are. Everything about it just looks prestigious and it was just great.”
A trip to USC wasn’t originally in the plans for Forsyth because he hadn’t heard much from the coaching staff, but that changed in March when new offensive line coach Neil Callaway and an offensive line assistant connected with him on Twitter. Forsyth sent a link to his film and gave the coaches an opportunity to check out his “pretty unique” game.
“I'm definitely nasty, but I'm also quick on my feet and athletic,” Forsyth said. “I think my offensive line play is a little bit different than a lot of other people's, but I think I play well when I'm out in the open field blocking for screens. I can run block pretty well too. I just think I have a unique play style.”
Something apparently stood out for the Trojans coaches. They contacted Forsyth and told him there was definite interest and they wanted him to visit. The next night, Forsyth had a follow-up phone call.
“They put Coach [Clay] Helton on the phone and they said they were going to wait [to offer a scholarship] until I visited, but then they just offered right then,” Forsyth said. “I was very surprised. I was obviously really excited, but I was definitely surprised more than anything.”
“It was awesome. It was a blessing to get offered from one of the top West Coast schools. Academically and athletically, they’ve very prestigious.”
Forsyth was very complimentary of Callaway and his experience after meeting him over the weekend, but said they didn’t get deep into the details about positioning, technique or the specifics of where the Trojans would use Forsyth.
Like many high schoolers, the three-star lineman hasn’t structured a recruiting timeline with decision dates or narrowed lists of top schools. Instead, he’s “just going to play it by ear right now” and “wait to see how it goes.”
But will Forsyth be considering USC? “Yea. Most definitely.”
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