Another JC verbal for Trojans

There has been talk of the Trojans adding a junior college cornerback in time for the fall semester and it looks like they have found their man in Mozique McCurtis (6-1, 220) of Grossmont College. Click below for more information.

McCurtis has excellent size to go along with sub 4.4 speed and he impressed Trojan coach Pete Carroll enough to warrant a scholarship offer which was accepted earlier this week.

"Why would I play for anybody else when I have an opportunity to play for the best college team in the nation," McCurtis told EastCountySports.com.

McCurtis, who is awaiting final confirmation on his admission to USC, missed his senior season at St. Augustine HS due to injury and ended up being a starter for Grossmont midway through his freshman year. Colorado and Oregon were among the other schools in pursuit of McCurtis.

"Carroll recruited this kid himself," Grossmont College head coach Dave Jordan told EastCountySports.com. "Pete was right there on our field watching 'Zeke' workout. USC likes its DBs to press receivers and they wanted somebody with speed big enough to do that. There aren't too many DBs out there who can do what 'Zeke' can do."

Mozique will have four years to play three if he enrolls in time for the fall semster.

WeAreSC talked with Mozique to get his thoughts on the commitment to the Trojans:

"I'm very happy and excited to be a Trojan. Last week is when everything pretty much took place. USC defensive back coach Greg Burns had been by my school to watch me practice and then Coach Carroll stopped by. Shortly after that they offered me a scholarship and I accepted right away. I submitted all my paperwork for admissions and everything should be done by next week, my plan is to be on campus for workouts Monday June 13th.

I was originally scheduled to come back to Grossmont for the fall season but during the spring a couple schools like Colorado, Arizona and San Diego State were talking about having me come in right away. I was kind of waiting to see if anything bigger came along and when USC offered that was it. It doesn't get any bigger than that.

Growing up I wasn't necessarily a USC fan but I'm a big college football fan, especially the Pac-10. I knew all about USC and the great players and the tradition and it's been fun the last couple years to see a West Coast school dominate the way they have. I'm just really excited to get the opportunity to be a part of it.

Coach Carroll told me they don't bring in players to sit on the bench, he brought me in with the idea of contributing right away. He said they are thin at corner and that's why I'm coming in. My strength as a player is my size, I'm 6-1 and 220 pounds, and I was timed recently at 4.35. As the receivers get bigger with guys like Dwayne Jarrett and Mike Williams you need to have bigger and faster corners. You can't throw a 5-7 guy out there to try and cover them. I consider myself a premier athlete who can not only cover those guys but I can also come up to support the run as well. I compare my game to someone like Chris McAlister, he's also a big and physical guy who can run.

Last year I had two picks, 30 tackles and 10 pass deflections. I played mostly safety last season but I'm going to USC to play corner. I played mostly corner in high school so I'm very familiar with the position.

I graduated St Augustine HS is 2003 and then greyshirted my first year at Grossmont before playing last fall. I had torn the ACL in my left knee during my junior year and that also hampered me in my senior year and recruiting pretty much died down after that.

I'm looking to major in history. I might go into law, maybe be a teacher, I'm not sure. I do know my favorite subject is history so that's what I'm looking to study."

* Note - for what it's worth, at the SoCal junior college combine this spring Mozique was measured at 6-1, 229 and timed in the forty at 4.52/4.50 with 25 reps of 225 on the bench.


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