Gerard Martinez

USC still in it for Serra four-star athlete Bryan Addison

Early playing time is a factor that sways many recruits from one college to another, and Bryan Addison is a prime example of that.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra four-star athlete Bryan Addison has his sights set on playing safety in college, but at present date, his view of the USC depth chart is a bit obscured by other players. 

Last week, Addison announced his final for college choices. Nebraska, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona State were the only schools still under consideration. 

“That’s just a top four now,” said Addison. “I will be adding schools this spring and I still want to look at my options.”

In fact, Addison says that USC is still a school that he will consider moving forward. 

“I talked to USC right after I announced my top four,” said Addison. “I talked to Coach (Ronnie) Bradford, Coach Clay (Helton)… a bunch of the coaches.  

“I’m trying to play early and I told him I just don’t see myself playing early at USC. That’s pretty much it. I don’t see myself playing safety there with all of the kids they have. 

“They have a lot of defensive backs going there that have played before me. Guys like C.J. Pollard.”

While it sounds like Addison is closing the door on USC, he does not want to completely eliminate the Trojans from his recruitment. 

“I’m not completely discounting them, no,” said Addison. “It’s the hometown school and USC gives me a chance to go there and play in front of my parents and my friends. 

“My dad can come see me play, so that’s something I’ll always have to consider.” 

Last Friday, Addison didn’t just cut his list of schools under consideration to four, he was ready to make a commitment. A few days later, his plans have completely changed. 

“I just wasn’t ready,” said Addison. “I thought about it, but nah, I realized I wasn’t ready to make a decision yet.

“It’s very unlikely I’ll be making an early decision. I want to take my visits and see what my options are. My recruitment is starting to really take off, so I want to take my time.”

Just before announcing his plans to commit last week, Addison unofficially visited Arizona State. Putting two and two together, the Sun Devils made a lasting impression on the 6-foot-4, 175-pound four-star.

“I saw the campus with my brother, and just watching the team, I think they could use a player like me,” said Addison. “I can play early there and I liked it a lot. 

“That’s what stands out about all of those (top four) schools. I want a chance to play early.”


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