Camping Pays Off

Whenever the coaches hold their annual summer camps there is always the hope that we will see a performance that takes a player from waiting for a Trojan offer to receiving a Trojan offer. This year, we saw that from Michael Reardon of Orange Lutheran HS and the result was a quick addition to the USC Class of 2007.

For the majority of his athletic career Reardon had been known as a basketball player (averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds last year) who also played football but in his junior year he realized that his future was on the gridiron. When the college coaches stopped by to recruit him the majority of schools focused on the defensive side of the ball, some at DE, some at DT, while schools such as USC and Arizona showed interest as an offensive tackle. Reardon, who is 6-6, 255, worked with his high school team at offensive tackle during their recent spring ball practices in anticipation of a possible switch at the college level.

Michael realized how important it was to turn in a good performance at the Trojan camp if he wanted to receive a Trojan offer. After receiving earlier offers from other favorites such as Notre Dame and Stanford, he came to the Trojan Lineman camp on Sunday and worked out with the offensive linemen in the morning before flipping over to defensive end for the afternoon sessions. What we saw was a very big and athletic man who had the potential the play either spot in college and, after seeing him in action, USC head coach Pete Carroll wasted no time in offering Reardon a scholarship before he left the field.

What was Reardon's reaction to getting the Trojan offer? He described the moment as getting a "tingling" feeling all over his body. When WeAreSC did a video interview with him shortly after the camp ended he said all the right things about having to go home and talk with his parents before making a decision but the truth was in his face, his mannerisms and his expressions when talking about Coach Pete Carroll and the USC program. It wasn't going to take long for Reardon to be a Trojan. In fact, it took three days before he woke up on Wednesday morning, put on a Trojan t-shirt and called Carroll to make it official.

In Reardon the Trojans are getting a solid contributor both on and off the field and he will also give the coaches some flexibility within this recruiting class with his ability to play on either side of the ball. His verbal also gives the Trojans commitments for the Class of 2007 from the top four players in the Orange County area, traditionally one of the top talent producing areas in Southern California. A look at the recent West Hot 100 rankings by Scout.com shows Chris Galippo from Servite (#4), Aaron Corp from Orange Lutheran (#5), Martin Coleman from Edison (#7) and Reardon (#22) as the four highest rated players from the Orange County area and all have given commitments to USC. In addition, the Trojans have already grabbed a commitment from the top OC sophomore in D.J. Shoemate from Servite as well as a Class of 2006 signee from Santa Ana College in kickoff specialist/defensive back David Buehler. The Trojan coaches have made it a priority to keep the top players at home playing for USC and the results from the Orange County area show that they are succeeding.


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