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West's top OLB Addison Gumbs could see himself playing at USC

The top outside linebacker in the West is becoming a regular in Southern California.

For the third time this spring, the USC Trojans received a visit from the top outside linebacker in the West Region. Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep four-star standout Addison Gumbs and his father made the trek down from Northern California to check out USC’s Spring Game on Saturday.

“It was another great trip down there,” Gumbs said. “It was my second time going to the Coliseum. It was just really great. I feel really comfortable down there. I feel really comfortable with the coaching staff.”

Gumbs has been on a whirlwind tour this spring, taking unofficial visits all over the country, trying to hit all of the schools that have offered him a scholarship, which is difficult to do with 24 offers from schools as spread out as Mississippi State, Washington, USC, Notre Dame and Oklahoma

Three of his most recent visits have been to the aforementioned first three. Gumbs made a Southeast/Southland trip during his high school spring break the first week of April, visiting Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Then this past weekend, he took his first trip up to Seattle to check out the Huskies on Friday before making it down for the USC Spring Game the next day.

Gumbs only has a few more stops this spring. He plans to once again visit Los Angeles next weekend when UCLA hosts its spring game and also wants to take an unofficial visit to Nebraska sometime in the near future. 

“Right now, I’m contrasting everything,” Gumbs said. “I took some unofficials the last couple of weeks, so right now I’m just narrowing things down and going from there.”

He is hoping to have a decision in late spring or early summer with the summer looking more probable. Gumbs wants to be able to focus on the season at hand once he gets in the fall where he’ll try to top his incredible 23-sack junior season with Stellar Prep.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was used primarily of the edge in high school. USC could use him in the same spot in their defense, playing either the Predator or SAM linebacker positions. But Gumbs has the versatility to come off the edge, play in space or even be a run stopper in the middle. After watching the Trojans’ linebackers in the spring game, Gumbs could see himself in a variety of spots.

“I definitely feel I could play all four positions at linebacker, so it was just really good to see them play and see them get after it. They played a pretty good game for what it was as a spring game.”

Gumbs understood the restraints placed on the defense in the controlled scrimmage, but enjoyed the physicality.

“It was pretty intense for a spring game. It was pretty live. It was great going there. It was great all-around trip,” he said. “I just wanted to get more comfortable with the coaching staff and the surroundings there. I mainly got the chance to talk to Coach Clay [Helton]. I didn’t get there super early, so I didn’t get that much time to spend with all of the coaches, but it was a good time talking to Coach Clay.”

“It was just a great time. I feel really comfortable there. It’s definitely a place I could see myself playing.“

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