Catching Up With Chris Metcalf

Compton High School safety Chris Metcalf committed to play football for the Trojans following USC's Junior Day back in February. Metcalf, a hard-hitting safety, said he is thrilled with his college choice and the opportunity to play for one of his childhood heroes but plans to take official visits.

Compton High School safety Chris Metcalf committed to play football for the Trojans following USC's Junior Day back in February. Metcalf, a hard-hitting safety, said he is thrilled with his college choice and the opportunity to play for one of his childhood heroes but plans to take official visits.

"My family really loves the team (USC). I waited a week and really thought hard about it," Metcalf said of his decision to become a Trojan. "I went up there and talked with Coach Norton and Coach Carroll and they really were interested in me. Then I talked to Taylor Mays, Kevin Ellison, Brian Cushing and a whole bunch of the players. They were really cool and it just all came to me."

Growing up watching football, Metcalf has always been a huge fan of Ken Norton Jr., and the opportunity to be learn the game from one of his childhood heroes is really a dream come true for the three-star safety.


USC commit Chris Metcalf
"I never really thought I would meet Ken Norton Jr. when I used to watch him on TV," Metcalf said with a grin. "I watched every game he played when he was in the NFL and I quizzed him about everything he did when he was with the Cowboys. He was amazed that I knew so much about him.

"I was a big Ken Norton fan, and my dad, he's just all Ken Norton everyday."

When Norton talks football you can be sure that the future Trojan will soak up as much knowledge as he can.

"What he says is correct and it is going to work if you pay attention and you are going to win games."

Since making his commitment to USC, Metcalf has been fairly quiet, spending most of his time getting ready for his senior year by working out with his Compton High School teammates.

"I have been just trying to stay on top of my books and working out with my team so we can improve on last year," Metcalf said. "We lost a first-round playoff game and we are just trying to accomplish something better than what we did last year and hopefully win a championship."

The Trojans' 2009 recruiting class is quickly taking shape, with 15 players already committed, and Metcalf has welcomed the opportunity to get to know many of his future teammates.

"Byron Moore, we roomed in Las Vegas for the Next Level Camp, Randall Carroll, Morrell Presley and Vontaze Burfict," Metcalf answered, when asked what recruits he talks with the most. "It's the new generation of USC players. USC always wants the best, so I will try and do my best to help the team win."

Being one of the best, Metcalf received the opportunity to participate in the US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX.

"Just to see everybody that has played in that game, like Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Ted Ginn and all those guys that are in the NFL, it's a great honor," he said of the invite.

Metcalf, who considers himself a solid commit, still wants to take his official visits to see what other schools have to offer and make sure he has made the right decision.

"I'm a solid verbal but I am going to take trips to Oklahoma, Arizona State, some schools down south and USC," said Metcalf.


Chris Metcalf (left) having fun with Lucky Radley, Byron Moore and James Boyd at the B2G
Camp.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden
at kevin@scplaybook.com


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