USC Trojans This & That — 4/13

J. Brady McCollough (LA Times)  — Drake Jackson, who just turned 18 yesterday, has only been on the USC campus for three months, but his startling performance during six weeks of spring football already has some talking about his early departure.

“He’s a first-round talent, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he leaves in three years,” USC soph LB Palaie Gaoteote IV said. “He’s something very special. You see he had a one-handed pick [in the spring showcase] and took off with it? He could play tight end if he wanted to. I think he’s a three-and-out guy for sure.”

Gaoteote and Jackson now room together  —  by the design of USC’s coaches. “I definitely told him that, yeah, you’re young, but you’ve got to mature much faster than you think you do,” said Gaoteote. “He’s handled it, and on the field, he’s a monster.

“He’s a great kid. I love him,” Gaoteote said. “He’s like my little brother. We do pretty much everything together, whether it’s just kicking it at the crib playing video games or going out with the boys and having a good time.

Gaoteote said he quickly saw how much the confident Jackson would help USC from the first time he saw him work out. “This year,” Jackson said, “we’re going to make the offenses feel it.”

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SAS
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I don’t remember where or who said it but they said that Jackson has shown some abilities that are at the level of and/similar to Leonard Williams when he first came to USC.
That’s a compliment if i ever heard one.
Keep it up DJ.
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Okay, spring is over and we have a good idea who the starters are on defense, the O line and at WR. Now we get to spend summer listening to more platitudes about the great changes at USC. We will be wondering and debating who the starting qb should be and along with the starting rb. Sounds like a long summer to me.

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So my original post didn’t say much. This is the official last day of spring practice and depending on how you look at things, it was either good or bad. On another site everything Trojans is terrible and nothing has changed. On most sites and places other than that one site things are different enough to hope. The players feel it and the coaches see it. This is the way I feel at the end of spring camp. I see the offense starting to look better. I’ve seen new stars forming and old ones shaking off rust. I see a… Read more »

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I agree. At the very least the spring practice was significantly better than last year. Any culture shift in the right direction (toughness, discipline, execution) is a good sign. I don’t think you can 180 in 15 practices, but you can start to change. Anything is better than the direction we were headed at the end of last year.

I wasn’t then, but I am grateful now for all of those close losses. Imagine if we won those close games and we got nothing changed?