Four-star center Justin Dedich gets USC offer

USC has been aggressive recruiting the offensive line as a unit under Clay Helton. While 2018 is a down year for talent in the trenches, the Trojans are not hesitating cultivating options.

Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral four-star offensive lineman Justin Dedich took a visit to USC to watch the Trojans practice Thursday, but the day ended with more than just a goodbye. 

Dedich, who works out of the Giant Skillz offensive linemen camp run by Chris Talamaivao, hit two dozen scholarship offers when USC head coach Clay Helton met with him after the practice. 

“Coach Chris was going up to watch practice, so I asked him if I could catch a ride with him,” said Dedich. “I wanted to see how Coach (Neil) Callaway coaches the offensive line and how Coach Helton runs the team. 

“I was really impressed by it. Both coaches were into the practice, and Coach Helton especially was running with the team. He wasn’t just standing around telling people what to do. Coach Helton was involved with the practice. 

“The technique and work done by the o-line was impressive too. I wanted to see how a prestigious football team practices and that’s definitely what I got to see.”

After practice, Helton broke the news to Dedich of the scholarship offer. 

“I thought if they were going to offer it would come later in the year, maybe after my senior season,” said Dedich. “The offer was definitely an honor and I was humbled. 

“It’s a crazy experience because you always watch USC on TV. You watch them dominate and you hear about the degree. You hear about the alumni and what the handshake of having a degree does for you after football.”

USC signed a center last recruiting cycle with Santa Margarita four-star Brett Neilon due on campus in June, but Dedich’s value to the Trojans doesn’t come at just one position. 

“They want me to come in at center, but they like to recruit kids that can play multiple spots on the o-line,” said Dedich. “They feel that I can play center or guard. That was a key thing in them offering me. 

“I am versatile on the o-line, so center definitely, but I can move around a bit too.”

With most of the Pac-12 now having offered Dedich a scholarship, most college football fans would assume an early commitment could be in the works. 

Most college football fans would be wrong. 

“I’m actually talking to Michigan, Florida, Texas A&M and Alabama, so I want to see what happens wit those schools,” said Dedich. “I’m probably still going to take my five official. 

“I mean, something could happen and I might want to commit. Maybe, but I definitely want to check out more of these schools. 

“I know when I go to The Opening Finals, I’ll make a stop at the Oregon schools. We’re still planning on seeing some East Coast schools as well. That requires a lot of finances and planning, though. We’re also trying to make an Arizona trip as well. Those schools are a five-hour drive, so that could be done in a weekend.” Top Stories