Kingsburg (Calif.) offensive lineman Andrew Vorhees can say “I told you so.”
While Trojans fans were in panic and college football pundits ripped head coach Clay Helton over a 1-3 start to the season, Vorhees remained defiant in his commitment to USC.
“I’m committed (to USC) and will be no matter their record,” said Vorhess following the Trojans 52-6 loss to Alabama.
Now USC hosts Notre Dame Saturday ranked No. 12 nationally with a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.
“I was confident in the team and coaches,” said Vorhees. “I never began to second guess my commitment. I eventually knew things would turn around. Now we’er one of the most successful teams in the Pac-12 this season.”
Helton’s motto since being hired as head coach at USC as been “faith, family, football.” Vorhees explained how that philosophy related to him when so many were down on the Trojans.
“Obviously God comes first, and is the most important,” said Vorhees. “Coach Helton makes a clear distraction of that, but he doesn’t fail to recognize the importance of family as well.
“In my eyes, he is one of the most well priorities coaches I’ve ever met.”
This weekend, Vorhees will be the first committed recruit in the class of 2017 to officially visit USC. Having been to USC several times already this year, his to-do list is rather short and simple.
“Well, hopefully — somewhere in the undisclosed itinerary — I will get some sushi,” laughed Vorhees. “Honestly, I’m content doing whatever they have me doing.
“I’ve graciously had the opportunity to be down there multiple times and seen a lot of really cool stuff. All of my questions about USC have been answered. My parents though, that’s another case!”
USC will host several top recruits Friday, but one player Vorhees wants to help the Trojans circle the wagons on is Phoenix (Ariz.) five-star offensive tackle Austin Jackson.
“We need him,” said Vorhees. “Brett (Neilon) and I work together on the same recruits, he just gets all of the credit. (laughs). No, I’m glad I get to play with Brett — he’s a heck of a guy. But with us, it’s a group effort recruiting other prospects to USC.”
The group feels pretty good about their chances with Jackson joining them next fall at USC.
“I think we have a really good shot with him,” said Vorhees. “I know he has a connection to USC through his grandparents being alums.
“That and the fact we’re on such a hot streak should be appealing to him.”
But Vorhees won’t wait until next fall to arrive at USC officially. He plans to enroll at USC in January, which is why he is officially visiting campus this week.
“I just want to get college sooner, so I can have an edge over the other class of 2017 recruits athletically,” said Vorhees. “I also want the extra semester so I can get ahead academically.”