Quarterback Chase Garbers has been communicating back-and-forth with USC throughout the spring. Garbers has visited the USC campus and sat down with head coach Clay Helton as well as quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton. The Trojans have come out to Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar to watch Garbers throw and evaluate him as a potential scholarship prospect.
But USC wanted to get an even better feel for Garbers’ abilities and potential, so his lead recruiter, Tyson Helson, invited Garbers to the USC Skills Camp.
“He just wanted to get to actually coach me today because they can’t talk to you or anything when they come see you,” Garbers said. “He just wanted to get the feel of coaching me and see how that went.”
The results looked similar to last season when the 6-foot-3, 210-pound three-star threw 33 touchdowns to only three interceptions while passing for 2,715 yards and leading Corona Del Mar to a 9-3 record.
“I think I showed myself really well today,” Garbers said. “[Tyson] said my stats speak for themselves. I’m a very accurate passer, good pocket movement.
“He said I’m really coachable. He said my enthusiasm was really great out there — high-fiving all the guys, getting a little rowdy. That’s how it went.”
Garbers was named the camp’s MVP at the quarterback position during the morning session and like a lot of the other high-profile names at the camp, skipped the afternoon portion. Garbers did stick around to watch his little brother and to chat a little more with the coaching staff.
“It went really well,” he said of the camp overall. “Coach Clay and Coach Tyson…we were all interactive the entire day.
“They said I reminded them of Matt Barkley, which is good. They really liked me. They said they want to get through all of their camps and then make a decision from there.”
USC would like to have Garbers return for its most notable camp, the Rising Stars Camp, coming up on Wednesday and Thursday, but Corona Del Mar is still in school. Garbers has finals this week, so his status is still to be determined.
The Trojans’ timeline on deciding whether to offer Garbers actually aligns well for the quarterback, who has said he would like make a commitment later this month or early in July. He took a visit to Washington last weekend and has a trip to Berkeley planned for this upcoming weekend. Both the Huskies and Golden Bears have offered as have a handful of power conference schools peppered around the country, including Vanderbilt, Boston College, Boise State and Arizona State.
But Garbers remains in communication with USC and UCLA and an offer from one of the local Pac-12 schools could be a game changer — like Garbers was on Saturday.
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