Lorenzo's mother discusses USC visit

"To think that this is a private University where the Alumni are the ones that keep this school going, that shows the spirit of this school. It shows on the student's faces when they talk, like I said, it's nothing phony, you can just see it, you can feel it. I'm still thinking about it, I'm just in awe."

M: How was the trip for you?
S: Oh I loved it, I was just so impressed with that school, I just couldn't believe it. Because I've heard a lot of rumors that it's in a bad neighborhood. Oh my gosh, just definitely untrue. That campus is just so beautiful and then when you get off of campus, you think: "What bad neighborhood are they talking about?" So sometimes it's good to see things for yourself, instead of going by what other people tell you. I was just so impressed with the school, the students, the faculty. It's the spirit, I mean it's so real it's nothing phony, believe me. They really are fired up about that school, they love that school. You can just feel it, in the coaches and everything, I was just really impressed!

M: Was Lorenzo impressed as well?
S: Lorenzo was impressed and they went out of their way to make us feel at home. It was just absolutely unbelievable. I've never been treated that well before. The hotel, the Marriot that we stayed it, right down to the maid. I mean, it was just exceptional. I'm really serious too. I just hate the fact that I couldn't take those other trips because I was afraid to fly, but now I see what Lorenzo was talking about. It's just amazing, they just go out of their way to make you feel welcome…They just did an excellent job and it was all real, no phoniness. I was just in awe when I came home, I'm still thinking about it.

M: Was your cousin Curtis impressed as well?
S: Curtis was impressed too...And to think that this is a private University where the Alumni are the ones that keep this school going, that shows the spirit of this school. It shows on the student's faces when they talk, like I said, it's nothing phony, you can just see it, you can feel it. I'm still thinking about it, I'm just in awe.

M: I understand that Lorenzo was feeling ill for part of the trip?
S: You know, Lorenzo gets these Migranes…these headaches they just kick in. We were on the football field and then all of sudden he said, "mom, I have this really bad headache, I feel so cold." And you know, with all that walking, we were all feeling so warm, so I thought he was coming down with the flu. So we went back to Pete Carroll's Office and they let him lay down on the couch, they had a blanket and little pillow and they were so nice and they went out and bought Advil for his headache, they were just so nice and they went out of their way. I just felt so bad, and he did too, but I didn't want USC to feel bad about it. They really, I mean they just really went out of their way to make us feel welcome and I just thank them for that. It's just a really good school. I was impressed. It was totally amazing.

M: So Lorenzo being sick didn't sour his USC visit?
S: Oh no not at all! And I hope people don't feel that way.  You know, I was thinking about that and I was telling Curtis, I said: "They should feel the opposite, Well, you've got his mom here and if anything happens in the future it's so close to home." So I thought about that and I was thinking "They should be thinking the other way."

BTW, USC gets the last in home on Friday.

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