Coming across the country and trying to show off your skills can be a tough proposition. Sure, it’s easy in theory — just go ball out and don’t worry about anything else.
However, the hormonal swings of teenagers keep theories from becoming fact. So what better way to assure a sense of home and comfortability when making a cross-country excursion to try to impress a coaching staff than to bring a piece of home. And why not just bring a teammate or even better the man that lines up alongside you on the line on every play?
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard three-star defensive lineman Jordan Wright wasn’t bothered by traveling from the Sunshine State to Southern California, but it didn’t hurt to have fellow defensive lineman Jonathan Ford also on the trip.
“It was good just knowing he was here and there was a lot of talent,” Wright said. “It was the best of the best really.”
Wright said he had been to California once before. He was hoping to see something different on this trip since it was his first opportunity to check out USC.
“The campus is nice. It’s a beautiful site. It’s hot, but it’s not hot like Florida,” Wright said. When asked what was unique, he said, “The campus, the coaches and the players.”
The 6-foot-6, 210 pound defensive end felt he stood out with his work ethic and how he pushed himself, going 100 percent through all the drills.
He was equally impressed with defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze.
“He’s a cool dude. He teaches the right stuff and he wants you to become a better man as well as a player,” Wright said. “He spoke to us [before the lunch break]. It was powerful and it really means something.”
Checking out the Trojans for the was intriguing enough that Wright said he “definitely should make it back out” and confirmed that USC are a likely destination for one of his official visits in the fall.