Samson Szakacsy trip recap

One of the two committed quarterbacks USC is bringing in from the class of 2007, Camarillo (Calif.) Samson Szakacsy (6-5, 195) just returned from his official visit, and everything about his trip solidified why he chose the Trojans in the first place.

"It was awesome, everything was just great," said Szakacsy. "Garret Green was my host and he's awesome too. He pretty much showed me around and answered all the questions I had."

One of the earlier commits for USC, Szakacsy used this weekend to make his own pitches to several of the uncommitted prospects the Trojan staff brought in.

"Da'John Harris, Donovan Warren, Deonte Thompson and the guy from Michigan (Ronald Johnson), we actually spent time talking and I think we made a big impact on the uncommitted guys. It went real good and I expect them to really think about USC when they make their decision.

Szakacsy also spent time with some of his fellow commits, including Martin Coleman, Chris Galippo and Broderick Green.

No stranger to the USC campus, Szakacsy met with several of the coaches while on his visit, primarily those on the offensive side of the ball.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian), Coach (Pete) Carroll and Coach Kiff (Lane Kiffin)," said Szakacsy. "It's a great coaching staff and just a cool environment. We had position meetings with our coaches and I talked with Sark a lot about how everything is going to be run. Coach Carroll spoke to us and to the parents and what it means to be at USC. I had a great time going up there."

Szakacsy had originally planned to enroll at USC in the spring and participate in spring ball with the Trojans. But after suffering a leg injury that sidelined him for much of his senior season, he's changed those plans.

"I'm not doing early graduation after all, with the injury. Just in case I have to have surgery, it wouldn't be good with having to sit out spring practice. So I'm trying to get back healthy again and being strong again," said Szakacsy.

So following his graduation in June, Szakacsy will then get started at USC.

"I think I'm going to take Summer School to get adjusted to the program a little more easily," said Szakacsy. "I can't wait, it's going to be a great experience, greatest time of your life."

Szakacsy said he hopes to be able to come in and compete as a freshman for some snaps.

"Coach Carroll's philosophy is that he wants you to compete llke your competing for the starting job, so your mindset has to be your competing and coming in and showing what you got," said Szakacsy. "If I end up redshirting, then that's a decision Coach Carroll or Coach Sark makes, but the whole philosophy is you come in and compete right away. USC is averaging some crazy number, like 14 freshman a year who play."

Szakacsy watched film with the USC quarterbacks and talked about his time with them.

"I talked to JD (John David Booty) and Mark (Sanchez) and they are just great guys. I watched film with them too. Mark Sanchez helped me a lot in practice, telling me what each play means and all kinds of stuff. Everyone is real helpful."

Because he missed so much of his senior year, Szakacsy is eager to return to the field.

"I can't wait to get back out and play again and I am really looking forward to playing for USC. Everyone wants to play," Szakacsy said.


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