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Tight end Erik Krommenhoek answers why he became a Trojan

For the first time in six years, USC is beginning to build some depth at tight end. Erik Krommenhoek will be one player that will be a major part of the Trojans' offense moving forward.

Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista three-star tight end Erik Krommenhoek never doubted his commitment to USC, but another trip down south didn’t hurt to reinforce the reasons he originally committed to the Trojans last summer. 

“I got to hang out with the players and other recruits a lot more than I have on my past couple of visits,” said Krommenhoek. “It was a great group of guys there this weekend.

“It wasn’t a game week, so I also got to spend more time with the coaches too. I got to know them better and we spoke more in detail. The coaches, well, the tight end coach (John Baxter) would like to see two tight ends on the field all of the time. 

“Obviously they have to go with four wide receivers sometimes too, but I think the tight ends are going to have more and more impact on the offense. The tight ends did well last year and they want to continue that trend.”

USC graduates senior tight end Taylor McNamara but returns sophomore Daniel Imatorbhebhe and junior Tyler Petite. They also have freshman Cary Angeline coming off a redshirt in 2017. 

Krommenhoek has always been a low-key member of the Trojans incoming recruiting class. 

“Hunter Echols and Brett (Neilon) do a great job talking to a lot of guys,” said Krommenhoek. “I’m a little more quiet, but I did hang out with some guys this weekend. 

“When a recruit asks me why I picked USC, I talk to them about it. If anyone has questions, I’m open. I think people just want to know why I picked USC. That’s the question I get asked the most.”

Krommenheok was hosted on his official visit to USC by another quiet guy in freshman quarterback Jack Sears, who is already enrolled for spring semester.

"He is a pretty quiet and laid back guy, but super talented," said Krommenhoek. "He talked about how he is adjusting to campus -- I think he has only been there a week. He's really excited to start throwing with the team and to learn the offense. He spoke very highly about his time there so far."

USC had seven official visitors on campus last weekend, including several uncommitted recruits. Krommenhoek’s answer to the aforementioned question is simple. 

“It’s the whole thing,” said Krommenhoek. “The coaches are great, I feel comfortable there and they play great football. The school offers what I want to do academically and it’s the right fit for me.”

Outside of signing his letter of intent, Krommenhoek is now done with the recruiting process. In hindsight, his commitment to USC was maintained through a lot of twists and turns. 

“When they were 1-3, a couple of guys in the class had their doubts,” said Krommenhoek. “As they started to win more games, others recruits began to get more interested. Winning the Rose Bowl is really going to help us out with this recruiting class. 

“We’re going to finish strong going into next week and then signing day. It’s going to be a fantastic class.”


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