In the last 10 months, USC has raided Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian for a pair of valuable offensive weapons. Five-star wide receiver Michael Pittman gave an Independence Day commitment for the 2016 class and the Trojans nabbed a quarterback for the future with the 2018 commitment of Matt Corral.
After grabbing a leader for the offensive side of the ball, the Trojans went to the Oaks Christian well once more to grab a defensive playmaker. USC offered 6-foot-5, 215-pound outside linebacker Bo Calvert a scholarship last month and he wasted no time snatching it up.
“I’ve always wanted to go to USC. It was a real short decision, thinking about it,” Calvert said. “Really I committed even before I got the offer honestly. I was going to USC no matter what.
“Now, it’s just trying to focus on being able to get myself in the best position possible when I get myself up there. I’m actually working on doing some summer school, trying to graduate early for my senior year.”
The Trojans have begun a small pipeline from Westlake Village to the McKay Center and Calvert is trying to build upon that. He’s been talking to his brother, Josh, who plays safety as well as the other linebackers and Pittman’s younger brother, Mycah.
“We’re just trying to turn Lions into Trojans,” Calvert quipped.
As two of the three USC commits in the 2018 class, Calvert and Corral understand their stature as the recruiting class’ lynchpins. They have been actively recruiting other players to try to get other elite players to join them as Trojans.
“For sure. We know a lot of guys in the L.A. area growing up here and playing on all-star teams and such. We get on separate group messages talking to guys trying to get them over to USC. A lot of these guys out here, in between games, we’re ‘Why don’t you come over and you can finish the dream with us?’ But yea, for sure, we text people. We call people. We’ll hang out at a get together or something and just kind of bring it up casually.”
Calvert said he also is in conversation with the USC coaching staff, usually on a weekly basis. He either calls up Clay Helton or may jump on a conference call alongside Corral while talking to various coaches, but Helton in particular. The conversation ranges from the football specifics to the mundane.
“We just talk about everything,” Calvert said. “Talk about football. Talk about how my grades are doing. What I’m working on to get better, any injuries that I have.
“Clay Helton is just a real nice guy. He’s worried about you individually. He’s worried about you as a person before what you can do for his team.”
“I like the run part of outside linebacker. I like the pass part of safety,” Calvert said. “I’ve been trying to play safety as much as I can in 7-on-7. During the season, I’ll play more of an outside linebacker position. Now I’m playing safety.
“I’m a little tight right now. I’m trying to loosen up my hips, loosen up my legs, so that I am able to swivel open at any moment. Being able to move with a double move guy with his hands on me. Being able to see with my eyes and being able to react with my body.”
By playing both positions, Calvert feels he’ll better understand the role of his fellow defender when he advances to the collegiate level. That should help him get in the right position to make both players successful.
His knowledge of two positions and his potential early enrollment is only going to help that Oaks Christian pipeline produce even faster.
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