Reardon trip recap

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran two-way lineman Mike Reardon (6-6, 260), finally was able to take his official visit to USC this weekend and the future Trojan couldn't help but anticipate his arrival this summer.

"Everything about it was great," said Reardon. "It really makes me excited for when I start going there and playing there."

Reardon was hosted on his trip by offensive lineman Jeff Byers. He also spent a good deal of time talking with offensive line coach Pat Ruel, who will be instructing him for the next few years.

"I talked quite a bit with Coach Ruel and we were getting into some talks about the offense and watching some plays. "They're looking at me for offensive tackle or center" said Reardon. "When I talked with Coach Ruel, he said it basically depends on how I can compete next year if I play. If I can compete, than they won't redshirt me. If I need to still develop, then I'll redshirt."

One of the best defensive linemen in the nation, Reardon said that he's basically resigning himself to the fact that his days on defense are coming to an end.

"It's pretty much over for me on the defensive line," said Reardon. "I would have loved to play there if that's where they needed me, but the need is on offensive line."

Reardon said he will be enrolling at USC in time for summer school and plans to informally workout with the squad at that time.

This past year, Reardon was an all-state selection, the CIF Pac-5 Defensive Player of the Year and the Trinity League Lineman of the Year. More importantly, his play this season was a big part of the reason the Lancers were the California Division II Champions.

"It turned out alright for us," said Reardon. "We didn't say we needed to make it to the state championship, we just took it one game at a time and it worked out for us."

Reardon said with recruiting not a worry and Signing Day coming soon, he'll continue to get ready for his arrival at USC. Top Stories