Baxter Back in L.A. for Junior Day

Dillon Baxter was the first player to join the Trojans 2010 recruiting class, giving his verbal commitment to Pete Carroll last June. Since that time, the USC program has undergone some major changes, so Saturday's Junior Day was a chance for Baxter to get familiar with some of the new faces on the coaching staff.

San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay athlete Dillon Baxter was the first player to join the Trojans 2010 recruiting class, giving his verbal commitment to Pete Carroll following USC's Rising Stars Camp last June.

Since that time, the USC program has undergone some major changes, so Saturday's Junior Day was a chance for Baxter to get familiar with some of the new faces on the coaching staff.

The member of the staff that Baxter was most excited to meet is new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, who will play a major role in devising the offensive scheme in the years to come.

"I got to meet Coach Bates and hang out with him," Baxter said. "It's an honor for me to get taught by him and get my technique worked on.

"It was fun, and I look forward to working with him when I get there."

Baxter really hit it off with Coach Bates and was thoroughly impressed with all of the NFL experience that he brings to USC.

"It was fun being with the coaches," Baxter said. "It just makes me want to be at USC even more."

The multi-talented athlete has the versatility to play both wide receiver and running back in the future at USC, and said the coaches want to utilize all of his skills.

"I think my strength is that I can run real well, and I am a running back that can catch really well also," Baxter said. "I am a running back that can catch like a wide receiver.

"I am going to be switching in at slot and at running back. I will be playing those two positions."

With several top players like Sean Parker, Dietrich Riley and Ronald Powell in attendance on Saturday, Baxter said he couldn't help but do a little recruiting of his own.

"I'm always telling people about USC and how great the program is, so I guess I find myself recruiting all the time," Baxter said.


USC commit Dillon Baxter playing wide receiver at USC's Rising Stars Camp.

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