Q & A with Justin Wyatt

WeAreSC.com caught up with future Trojan corner Justin Wyatt as he prepares for the Shrine game this Saturday.

W "You've made a good impression with your future teammates in early workouts this summer with the Trojans. How do you think things have gone so far for you?"

J "It was hard to acclimate myself to the different workout at first, it was way different than high school, but after a while I stopped being sore and started getting into the swing of things. It's not as hard as I thought it was going to be mainly because of my speed. At the high school level I was just faster than everybody else and my game speed is closer to the college level so there hasn't been that much of a difference."

W "You played many spots in high school, is corner your best position?"

J "Honestly right now I think it is because I'm not the size of a running back or anything. I'll probably stay there until they give me a chance to play receiver, me and coach Kiffin have talked about having me run a couple of trick plays or running a few plays at quarterback, running reverses and stuff like that. I'll probably wait until after a year or two when I get used to the program, it'll be fun."

W "What is your height/weight and 40 time right now?"

J "I'm 5'10" and a half, 179 lbs and the fastest hand time was 4.27 with the fastest electric time at 4.32."

W "In a month you'll be putting on a Trojan football uniform. What are your thoughts?"

J "That's scary. It really is scary. When I first started coming around the guys were just huge and I thought there was no way I'd ever be able to play with them. Once you start getting used to it though the guys seem to get smaller because you get used to being around big people. We're a good team that's definitely going places. It should be fun."

W "Did you know about Pete Carroll and his reputation for being a secondary specialist?"

J "No. When I heard that we were getting a head coach who was a defensive specialist I thought that was kind of different because most head coaches are on the offensive side of the ball. I like it a lot, especially him coming from the NFL and everything."

W "When did you first realize in talking to him that he knew what he was talking about?"

J "The first day. The first day he impressed me a lot, there was no question. I was like, okay, I'm gonna be real happy here."

W "Has he given you any advice on your game so far?"

J "Not really. He hasn't gotten into the coaching process yet, he's just telling me to keep coming out weightlifting and staying in shape. I'm going to be playing early so I need to be in the best shape of my life, I have to be ready."

W "What is it about Carroll's defensive schemes that work so well for the secondary?"

J "He gives us a chance to make plays. He puts a lot of pressure on the quarterback and if there's a lot of pressure there's gonna be bad balls and that leads to interceptions. If we're doing our job with the coverage that also leads to sacks so it works both ways. I like his philosophy of taking the ball away, that keeps us off the field a lot if we're doing that."

W "What kind of mindset do you need to have as a corner?"

J "A lot of people think that corners are like prima donna's but I think we're just linebackers with size. I like cornerbacks that come up and hit. Very aggressive. A Charles Woodson type of player. He's the reason I wear #24. I like Deion Sanders for his punt returns and coverage but Woodson will get in your face and hit you in the mouth. I consider myself a physical player, I may get run over a few times right now, but I'll get used to it."

W "Have the coaches talked to you about returning kicks?"

J "Yes. They've talked to me about that but at practices Tom Malone is kinda putting it way up in the sky like 88 stories up so it's hard to practice catching punts right now."

W "What are you looking to achieve at USC?"

J "My major is kiniseology, I want to be a sports therapist. If I can't to go the NFL I want to stay around the sport because I love it so much. On the field I want to eventually start at some point in my freshman year. Honestly, I just want to win. I'll do anything to win."

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