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Hunter Echols' understudy, Stephon Wright, picks up USC offer

2019 defensive end Stephon Wright took advantage of a unique opportunity and impressed the USC coaching staff, earning himself a scholarship offer.

A defensive lineman paying to attend a 7-on-7 camp might seem like a fruitless endeavor, but for Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral’s Stephon Wright it was money well spent. 

On Saturday, Wright joined his Cathedral teammates at USC's camp and got more than he bargained. When the campers split into position groups for some individual drills before the teams started games, Wright and the two other defensive linemen in attendance got the unique experience of having essentially a personal workout with the Trojans’ defensive coaches.

“I liked it a lot. I actually learned some new things. I feel like that I got better. They coached me up in some areas that I was lacking in.”

After watching the 6-foot-3, 250-pound 2019 defensive end work in the individualized setting, USC head coach Clay Helton summoned him.

“We were all done and Coach Helton had called me over and then he had told me that he wanted to offer me a scholarship,” Wright said. “To me it was a true blessing because USC has a lot of history and tradition to it. It was a decision that gives me something to think about.”

One of the attractive things for Wright is the Trojan tradition, but there is also a personal connection. Incoming freshman Hunter Echols was essentially Wright’s mentor at Cathedral. 

Wright has been compared to the four-star Army All-American defensive end that is expected to play the Predator position at USC. Wright played under Echols for two years and considers himself to be a “little brother” to Echols.

Echols, never one to be withhold his words of wisdom, has helped coach up Wright on the recruiting process, which has picked up this offseason. Including Saturday’s USC offer, Wright now has five Pac-12 offers, three Big 12, two SEC and one ACC scholarship awaiting from Power Five conferences. Echols’ advice for him was simple.

“He always just telling me, 'Make sure you pick what's right for you,’” Wright said. “Just make sure I pick something that's comfortable and just communicate with the coaches, talk to them.”

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