Harvard-Westlake offensive tackle makes quick decision for uSC

Some colleges often get accused of chasing scholarship offers with scholarship offers. Monday, USC made the call to offer a scholarship to offensive tackle Liam Douglass after his second camp performance for the Trojans in as many weeks.

North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard Westlake offensive lineman Liam Douglass brings a particular set of skills to the Trojans class of 2018. 

After performing at the Rising Stars Camp two weeks ago and the USC Elite Camp Monday, Douglass earned a scholarship offer from the Trojans, which by nightfall, had become a commitment. 

“I’ve wanted to play for USC since I was a little kid,” said Douglass, who is now a three-star according to Scout. “They were always No. 1 in the back of my head. 

“Academically, USC is a fantastic school. I come from a highly competitive academic school in Harvard-Westlake. The academic portion of this decision really exceeded my expectations by USC. 

“USC has such a strong winning tradition — a tradition of excellence on the football field. The coaching staff’s attention to detail is phenomenal. Coach [Neil] Callaway is a very detail-oriented coach. USC has a high level of academics, a high level of play from the football program and a high level of coaching for their players.

“When they offered me a scholarship, and the opportunity came, I sat down with my family and decided that I was very comfortable with USC. They love USC, I love USC and I’m 100-percent committed to being the best Trojan I can be.”


Douglass is rated as an offensive tackle, but his scholarship offer from USC comes at any one of five positions. 

“In talking to Coach Callaway, he thinks I can play all five positions on the offensive line,” said Douglass. “I believe I can play all five positions as well.”

Monday’s camp at USC had approximately 50 participants as opposed to the 850 kids who attend the Rising Stars Camp two weeks ago. The return trip was a bigger step up in competition.

“Coach [Clay] Helton spoke to us earlier in the day about taking one or two things from the camp we could use next season,” said Douglass. “Coach Callaway knows his stuff, so learning from him and the current USC offensive linemen who were coaching us was really great. 

“That was my mindset going into the game. I liked the fact that we were able to see film from today too. Coach Callaway got in there with some details. The film session today was cool. I came away feeling like I learned stuff that I can take back to my high school and apply to my senior season. 

“There were some great athletes out there, and getting coached up in the middle of run block drills was really helpful. To hear that and apply it to the next rep was a great experience.”

Douglass came into Monday’s camp with scholarship offers with Colorado, Colorado State, Cal, Hawaii, UCF, Kansas, San Jose State and Washington State. While he felt good about his performance after the Rising Stars Camp, Monday’s scholarship offer came as a pleasant surprise. 

“Coach Tee Martin came out to see me during the spring at Harvard-Westlake High School, so they have been recruiting me for a while,” said Douglass. “But I wasn’t coming into camp expecting an offer. 

“I just came to learn. I was very grateful they offered and I love USC, but I had no expectations of getting an offer.”

Douglass had an unofficial visit scheduled for Arizona tomorrow, but those plans are now canceled. 

“I felt very comfortable and at home at USC,” said Douglass. “I’m 100-precent committed to being a Trojans, so I will not be taking any further visits to school. I’m totally focused on being a great Trojan.”

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