Van Blarcom commits to Troy

"I talked to Coach Carroll last night and he told me I did good at the camp and that they were offering me a scholarship. It was always my dream to go there so I accepted right away". Van Blarcom, a kicker from Orange Lutheran HS, is the first verbal commit for the Trojans in the Class of 2005.

Troy Van Blarcom (6-3, 200) from Orange Lutheran HS gave his verbal commitment last night to the USC Trojans as the first member of the Class of 2005:

"I talked to Coach Carroll last night and he told me I did good at the camp and that they were offering me a scholarship. It was always my dream to go there so I accepted right away".

Van Blarcom had attended the Trojan skill camp earlier in the day and was the top kicker although he said the scholarship offer was unexpected.

"It went well at the camp. I thought I had some pretty good kickoffs, I was good on some field goals and I hit one punt real good so it helped that they saw I could do all three things. I thought an offer would come eventually but I didn't think it would happen yesterday. After the camp we spoke with Coach Carroll and he asked me to call him later that night, I did and that's when he offered me a scholarship. He basically said they would be in contact in May and we could talk more at that point but he was excited for me to be a Trojan."

Troy made six of six field goals last season, a long of 39 yards, as the Lancers advanced to the CIF finals. He had 85 kickoffs with 38 touchbacks and he made 58 of 62 extra point attempts.

"I would say my strength is my kickoffs. I have a strong leg and I can get the ball in the end zone. Right now I would be coming in to do kickoffs and field goals but I could do a little punting if needed."

Van Blarcom had earlier offers from ASU, Alabama and Missouri.


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