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USC In Hot Pursuit of Elite 2022 WR Tobias Merriweather

July 27, 2020

With the prep football talent in Washington state getting better every year and Tracy Ford attracting a significant number of them to train and play 7v7 with Team FSP, colleges have been hosting them on unofficial visits for quite a few years now.

Last Spring Ford and Team FSP players took an unofficial visit to USC in the Spring. Two of the players in the photo below with Ford are USC LB Commit  Julien Simon‍ and Elite 2022 Wide Receiver Tobias Merriweather from Camas, WA.

Merriweather is a 6-4 and 190 pound playmaker. He's a big kid, he runs great routes for someone his age and size, he grabs balls most can't and he's extremeky Athletic, everything college coaches look for in an Elite wide outs.

USC offered Merriweather after his unofficial visit last Spring and Seth Cohen spoke to him last week about his interest in the Trojans.

Team FSP Visits USC - Julien Simon On far left and Tobias Merriweather in middle


SC: What's behind your interest in USC?

TM: A few things like their history of dominance and excellence in the PAC-12, the air raid offense and their family atmosphere.

SC: You mentioned the offense. Although you’re listed as an athlete, have the coaches expressed interest to you playing offense?

TM: I'm listed as an athlete, but i have my sights set on playing WR on the next level. And most of my conversations with USC have either been with Coach (Keary) Colbert or Coach (Clay) Helton.

SC: How often do you talk with Coach KC?

TM: A few times a month.

SC: What have you taken away from your conversations with Coach Colbert?

TM: From football, the biggest thing is just how fast everything comes at you and to just enjoy it all and don’t take anything for granted. But from him as a guy is just how family oriented he is and how much he loves to win.

SC: The Trojans have put out a lot of good receivers in the NFL, and it looks like they have a lot more coming up. Is that something important to you and that Keary talks about with you?

TM: Yes, to me if the college isn’t putting their wide receivers into the NFL, it would make me less interested in playing there, because that is my ultimate goal; to play in the NFL.

SC: You mentioned earlier that you talked with Coach Helton, how many times have you talked with him, and what are your thoughts on him based on from when you've talked with him?

TM: I've only talked to him once and it was very brief. When we talked he was just telling me how he wanted to pick up my recruiting, talk to Coach Colbert more and  get me back on campus hopefully this Fall.

SC: Does that make you feel that you are a top priority for the Trojans?

TM: Yes, definitely.

SC: As of now you sit with 11 offers. Of those 11 schools, how many of the head coaches have you talked with?

TM: Six of the 11 head coaches.

SC: Is that important to you that the Trojans have shown interest in you so early on in your recruitment process?

TM: I think it maybe makes them have a better chance of being in the talk of when i make my final decision, but overall just because a school hops on early doesn’t really change anything.

SC: USC isn’t too far from him for you. Is this something important to you when it comes to making your decision?

TM: Actually sorta the opposite. My parents have always told me that for college I should try explore so distance doesn’t really matter to me at all.

SC: So, are you trying to get away from the West Coast?

TM: I just wanna go wherever the best fit for me is...regardless of location.

SC: USC considered to be among the top of all power 5 schools educationally, is that something that potentially plays a role in your decision? If so, how much?

TM: Education has always been a big part of my life and my family has always stressed to have a plan B if something happens to where I can’t play football forever. So, getting a degree that holds some weight is very important to me

SC: Of course you don’t have to know now, but do you have an idea of what you want to major in wherever you end up?

TM: Psychology 

SC: Have you done any research into what USC can provide for in terms of a psychology program?

TM: Not too much


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