USC Trojans This & That — 6/22

“USC is a storied program and academically they are one of the top institutions in the country,” Andrew Milek said to Sports360AZ.com shortly after making his commitment to USC. “I loved the campus and felt like I was at home. [It] had a great feel and frankly, the coaches were sincere, relatable and genuine.”

Milek had seen his recruiting take off in a state rich with talented big men. He noted the nice connection with the SC players he has gotten to know and says he felt it was a priority to play close to home in a Power Five conference.

“Absolutely,” Milek explained. “It’s a one hour flight and a six-hour drive from home. I grew up watching the Pac-12 and have always had aspirations to play at that level.”

Milek also likes the fact the Trojans play a challenging non-conference schedule littered with power programs from around the country. 

Although he is expected to redshirt, the USC coaches conveyed to him that he is athletic enough to play and contribute early in his Trojan career.

“I look forward to working hard, being developed and having an opportunity to compete,” the massive 6-foot-5, 284-pounder said.   sports360az.com

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illinoisusc
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I’ll always enjoy watching our team no matter who plays…….if we play bama or clemson or some such team……..without a pile of 4/5 star recruits……. will not watch. Its like Wa St playing USC with CPC…….even if Wa St had Leach at the time it would still have been a bloodbath.

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I personally do not care about the star system. The coaches evaluation to bring a kid in is often enough for me. Seems a lot of kids are 4/5 stars because of the competition to get them, not because they are necessarily a lot better. Seen to many 3 stars do very well to worry about it. Seen to many 4/5 stars crash and burn to get excited about them also.

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Steveng to me it is all about coaching, whether you have raw athletes needing a lot of development or gifted athletes that need a little fine tuning & discipline. If your coaching staff isn’t up to the job at hand then you are going to lose games you shouldn’t and get clobbered playing the top teams. Kiffin brought in some gifted coaches but his father was a disaster as DC using his cover 2 all the time. College OCs had a field day playing USC then. Sark brought in a mix of good coaches but he also brought in lousy… Read more »

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Wittingham is proof of that. He has a ton of 3 stars and they always play well. Coach them up.

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Talking about the future AD outlasting the HC issue earlier, I wonder if there would be any interest in a former assistant AD just down the East 10 frwy who found PC and convinced MG to interview him for the HC position? Daryl Gross did make some improvements at Syracuse University and was not targeted with the sanctions that happened with the basketball program. Gross did resign to become the fall guy in the politics back there but it is reported he was given a non-athletic position at his same pay for as long as the president was there. And… Read more »

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I think the big difference in our recruits so far this year is that they are all guys who have been in camps. The coaches have watched them go against 4 and 5 star guys. They know how they compete, work, and practice. When you grab bodies at the 11th hour it is way different than inviting prospects to camp, watching them go for a week, talking with them, coaching them up, evaluating them, and then offering a scholarship. I am much more comfortable with these 3 star guys than I was at the end of the last recruiting cycle.… Read more »

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It’s nice to see kids want to go to USC. A lot of hoo-haw has been made over recruiting athletes with fewer than 4 stars, but I wonder if this even a thing? I saw his highlights on rivals and was working on every play. There is size and talent without the egotistical baggage the high star players bring with them. I believe we need players who are grateful to have a chance not pampered pooches who expect stardom without work. “If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life never make a pretty woman your wife! So… Read more »