Interview with Trojan commit Ryan Kalil

The offensive line is one of the major priorities for this recruiting class and the Trojans received a verbal commitment this week from the top center on their wish list in Ryan Kalil from Servite HS.

Kalil (6'3, 265) was engaged in a battle with Hercules Satele from Long Beach Poly to see who would get the first offer as a center from the Trojans since they would only be taking one player at that spot and it wasn't until an impressive performance on Monday at the Trojan camp that the USC coaches were convinced Kalil was their man. Once that final decision was made, however, it didn't take long for the process to be completed.

"After the camp was over on Monday the coaches invited me and my dad up to Coach Carroll's office and they offered me a scholarship which I accepted immediately," said Ryan. "Early in the recruiting process I liked both USC and UCLA, not so much because they were the local schools but because I thought both were good places to be. I went to the USC camp in April and that's when I started to get really hooked on USC. I was really pumped on the coaches and after I went to the UCLA camp a couple weeks ago there was really no comparison, I knew USC was where I wanted to be. The main thing that attracted me to USC and really put them over the top was the coaches. I love Pete Carroll and Tim Davis, I think Kennedy Pola is just so inspiring. The SC program has such massive potential and I really believe that Carroll is the man who is going to lead them back to the national championship. Coach Davis reminds me a lot of my dad, he knows what he is talking about and he can be really intense when he's teaching but his players love him and really respond to what he says."

Frank Kalil, Ryan's father, is a former offensive center who played at Servite, the University of Arizona and for the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. The elder Kalil now serves as the defensive coordinator at Servite and is a big help to Ryan when it comes to preparing for the game of football.

"During this recruiting process he's been able to guide me through, step by step, so that I know what to expect. He just lets me know how to achieve, tells me what is needed to get to where I want to be. He played center and that will be a big help to me because I haven't played there yet. I've been all over the place at tackle and guard and the plan was for me to play center this year but now it looks like I will probably stay at tackle. I'm not too worried about making the transition to center because I think my quickness will translate well. Pass blocking is the best aspect of my game, the ability to read and handle blitzes but if there is anything I need to work on it will just be the rythym of snapping and moving at the same time."


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