Littlejohn Excited for USC Visit

With Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, Kaluka Maiava and Clay Matthews all headed to the NFL, the Trojans' linebacker corps will have some new players in place in 2009. One of those players could be Bryson Littlejohn from Sierra Community College.

With Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, Kaluka Maiava and Clay Matthews all headed to the NFL, the Trojans' linebacker corps will have some new players in place in 2009. One of those players could be Bryson Littlejohn from Sierra Community College.

The 6-1, 235-pound outside linebacker has become a hot commodity after an impressive sophomore season in which he recorded 72 tackles, 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions and 14.5 tackles for loss.

"I have a good motor and my speed," Littlejohn responded when asked about his strengths. "I just keep going.

"Everytime I get to somebody I try to make them pay for running across me. I hit them as hard as I can."

The hard-hitting linebacker currently has offers from Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Nevada and Boise State, and thinks a USC offer could come on his visit this weekend.

"Every time I tell them I am visiting they say, ‘If we sit you down and offer, you are going to commit, right?'" Littlejohn said. "It should go as planned. I am pretty sure I will get an offer."

Littlejohn recently visited Arizona and raved about his trip, but said an offer from USC would certainly shake things up.

"It would shake it up a little bit," he said. "It would be them (USC), Arizona, Oregon and Boise State. It will come down to what fits me the best."

So what makes a school a good fit?

"A school that I am going to feel comfortable with, kind of a home away from home," Littlejohn said. "I need to be comfortable with the coaches, and I need a mentor.

"I need somebody in my corner because my mom isn't going to be there for me anymore."

Rocky Seto is recruiting Littlejohn for USC, and the two have built a strong relationship.

"He's a good guy. Rocky Seto is a straight to business dude. He's not the type of person that will guarantee you a job," said Littlejohn, who is being recruited as a strong-side linebacker. "He tells you about all the hard work it's going to be and I like that.

"I don't want anyone sugarcoating it."

At USC, Littlejohn would have the opportunity to play for arguably the best linebacker coach in college football, Ken Norton Jr..

"If you are going to play at the next level (NFL) you need that," Littlejohn said of Norton. "You need a guy that's been there, done that, and knows what he is talking about."

The JUCO prospect said the Trojans' success under Pete Carroll is what has drawn him to USC.

"They win consistently," Littlejohn said. "They just dominate, they put players out to the NFL and they get their degrees. I just like the way they play ball and the way they operate."

Littlejohn will visit USC this weekend and said he would like to visit Oregon before making his final decision.

Coming from Sierra Community College, Littlejohn will have three years to play two.

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


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