Tyler pretty much knew all he needed to know about USC heading into this past weekends visit, but he still managed to head home with things he had not yet learned.
“The trip was real good, we had a lot of fun,” said Tyler. “I got to hang out with a lot of the recruits like Joe (McKnight), Everson (Griffen), and Malcolm (Smith). We learned about the academics at SC and got to hang out with the coaches. We basically got a sense of how things were at SC.”
The recruits had a very busy weekend, but Tyler did single out one aspect of the trip that stood out to him the most.
“How close the team is and everyone at SC, that stood out the most.”
Tyler also got to take in the Galen Center and see the Trojans take on the Sun Devils of Arizona State in basketball, having great things to say about the atmosphere surrounding the game.
“The Galen Center was beautiful,” commented Tyler. “The game was cool, the student section was crazy and screaming all of our names out, it was exciting.”
Tyler also got a chance to speak in depth with his host, Vidal Hazelton, to get an idea of what it really is like to play for the Trojans.
“He (Vidal) just let me know that everything Coach Carroll says is real and he speaks the truth. He told me to be ready for camp because everyone there is competing.”
When asked whether he learned anything new on his trip, Tyler’s response was short and to the point.
“I basically learned that SC is a big family, even after you’re done with school there. SC runs California.”
Tyler was joined on his official visit by some pretty high profile recruits, and even felt that the Trojans were in a good position to land some of the players on the trip.
“Yeah, it seemed like Joe enjoyed the trip. He is a quiet kid, so he didn’t spill anything, but I think we are in a good position. Malcolm enjoyed the trip as well and that’s my guy. I’m not going to let him go, but we all had a lot of fun. With Anthony (Gildon), I know he really liked his visit. He told me he is going to think about it, I think it will come down to who has a better in-home visit this week.”
Tyler suffered a season ending injury that saw him miss the entirety of the playoffs, but he remains very optimistic about his recovery and the steps necessary to return to form.
“Its real good,” said Tyler of his leg. “My fibula is fine, and my tibia should be good in three to four weeks. I’ve been doing a lot of rehab, running in the pool and lifting my upper-body. Overall my leg is healing fast.”
Tyler rated the trip a perfect ten, and will sign his letter-of-intent February 7th at a gathering for Ventura County athletes also moving on to the next level.
Tyler recently heard the news of Lane Kiffin and the Oakland Raiders head coaching position, but informed me that the loss of Kiffin will have no effect on his commitment.
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