Elite JUCO Lineman Set to Visit USC

USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron is one of the top defensive line coaches in the country, with an impressive list of players that he has sent to the NFL. He is also one the main reason that Garden City (KS) defensive lineman Maurice Couch will take an official visit to USC.

USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron is one of the top defensive line coaches in the country, with an impressive list of players that he has sent to the NFL.

He is also one the main reason that Garden City (KS) defensive lineman Maurice Couch will take an official visit to USC.

Couch, an elite JUCO defensive tackle, has USC as one of his top two schools because of the relationship that he has built with Orgeron during the recruiting process.

"He's kind of similar to the coach I have now," Couch said of Orgeron's fiery personality. "He always keeps it real with me every time that I talk with him.

"I always talk to Orgeron and Coach Helton, he's the one that started recruiting me. I also talk to Coach Kiffin and Monte Kiffin."

Kansas and USC top the list of schools that Couch is interested in. He is also seriously looking at Ole Miss and South Carolina.

So what stands out about each school?

Kansas: "I like the school, the relationship with the coaches and I have an opportunity to play."

USC: "I like Coach Orgeron because of what he did at Miami. Plus going to USC, they have a good transport to the NFL."

Ole Miss: "I like Coach Price. Him and me are real close and we talk all the time. He is the defensive line coach so we are close."

South Carolina: "They are recruiting me really hard too."

Couch plans to take an official visit to USC on November 27th to watch the Trojans play Notre Dame at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

With offers from USC, Kansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Kansas State and Oklahoma State, he says the main factor in his decision will be his relationship with the coaching staff.

The 6-2, 295-pound lineman has the versatility to play nose tackle or three-technique.

"I am quick. Most guys at my position aren't fast but I am very athletic and agile, so it's hard for people to block me," he said. "I am very good with my hands. I worked over the summer with my coach on my hand techniques."

After two games this season, the talented lineman has 12 tackles for Garden City Community College.

Couch suffered a stress fracture in his left leg as a freshman and was able to redshirt, so he will have three years of eligibility remaining when he makes his college choice, which he will announce after taking all of his visits.

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for updates on Maurice Couch throughout the recruiting process.


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