Gerard Martinez

Waylon Free wants to close his recruitment after USC commitment

The commit and visit is trending in college football recruiting, but USC's new commitment Wylan Free is leaning toward shutting down the process completely after his announcement Saturday.

Lynwood (Calif.) cornerback Wylan Free was going to wait the recruiting process out and take a few official visits before deciding on a college. 

Saturday, Free decided that his scholarship offer from USC was too good to slow play. 

"Just texting you to let you know I will be 100-percent committing to USC," said Free before announcing his commitment on Twitter.

Free admitted that he pondered committing to USC earlier in the month, but he had a good reason for waiting this long. 

“My parents were the ones that wanted me to hold off on the commitment,” said Free. “But then I started thinking about someone else committing and that maybe the coaches would look at other guys instead. 

“I talked about it with my coach and he thought committing early would be good. I can relax a little more and play my game. A lot would be taken off my shoulders and I wouldn't have to think about recruiting so much. 

“I just talked it over with a lot of people and it really helped to get it out of the way. Coaches would usually call me throughout the day asking me questions. Now that I am committed, coaches won't be contacted me as much and that’s a lot of weight taken off my shoulders.

“I can really focus and pay attention to school. That’s really my main focus now — school.”

While many recruits make commitments and still leave the process open for official visits, Free is leaning toward shutting down recruiting altogether. 

“The way I’m feeling right now, I want to just shut it down,” said Free. “I’m just looking at USC right now, but my mom wanted me to take a visit Boise State. Right now, I’m just on USC.”

Free was recruited to USC by the Trojans offensive coordinator Tee Martin. He called Martin and head coach Clay Helton with the news Saturday afternoon. 

“Coach Helton was excited,” said Free. “He talked about my 6-foot-2, height and how their defensive backs coach like big corners. I haven’t talked to Coach (Ronnie) Bradford yet, but we talked about that at their camp.”

Much of Free’s decision to commit was because of his relationship with the USC coaching staff. 

“They have a great coaching staff,” said Free. “I can’t really say it enough. The coaches there are on the same page, but they all have different personalities. 

“I went to different camps and were on different college campuses. A lot of coaches are like, ‘You already paid your money, so we can just run you through some exercises you’ve already done before.’

“It wasn’t like that at USC. They had me out of my environment and doing things I had never done before. That was a big reason why I committed. I felt like the USC coaches challenged me with something new. 

“Also, I will have the support of friends and family 247 because now I’m staying local. There’s just a lot of love in that.”


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