Lynwood (Calif.) cornerback Wylan Free left the USC Skills Camp without a scholarship offer.
A surprising result seeing that he won defensive back MVP honors for the camp’s morning session in addition to running the fastest 40-yard dash time for his position.
However, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound three-star defensive back was not discouraged leaving USC empty handed. And this week, Free finally got his scholarship offer from the Trojans.
“It means a lot,” said Free. “I grew up watching USC, and knowing I can go there means I don’t have to travel for college.
“They’re right here in my own backyard. My family can come to games and practices. All of my support is here, so it’s big. I don’t really want to go far away from home.
“USC was already in my top five without the offer, so it really means a lot.
“The USC coaches really took their time teaching me the little things, which a lot of coaches don’t think matter.”
Free, while still soaking in the news of his scholarship offer from USC, doesn’t want to make a hasty decision on a commitment.
“I’m thinking about committing at my homecoming or senior night,” said Free. “That’s like in October, so I think I’m going to wait until then.”
Ironically, Free may have earned his scholarship offer from USC much sooner if he would have stayed for the afternoon session of the camp.
“I left early because my dad got called into work, but the coaches said I can come back and get a full tour of the campus,” said Free. “I’m wanted to go to the Rising Stars Camp, but I had summer school.
“I definitely want to see more of USC as a school. I did learn that SC is serious on perfection. They want things done to a standard of excellence. It was one of the top camps I went to for 2016 just competition wise. It was outstanding out there and I loved the coaching.
“Just warming up, if you were on the white line, they got on you. It’s tough football at USC. Some coaches don’t like that, but it’s something I look forward to in college. The defensive coaches taught us a lot of stuff you just don’t get in high school.”
While Free missed the Rising Stars Camp in June, it was for good reason. With academics hovering over his head like a black cloud last year, Free is reorganizing his priorities this year.
“In the classroom, I’ve had to buckle down,” said Free. “A lot of stuff I use to do, I don’t do anymore. Now it’s all school and football for me now. I’m just working on getting my GPA up now.”
Free plans on unofficially visiting Boise State later this summer.