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4-Star All-American Bowl OL Addison Nichols Impressed with USC

February 18, 2021
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Although USC “missed out” on several of its top offensive line prospects the past couple of years, the Trojans still signed several future NFL players in those classes. But one source told us the goal going forward is, “To recruit at as high level on offense as we do on defense.”

That would mean signing a few of the Elite offensve linemen in the nation. Won’t be an easy task, but it’s absolutely doable for USC in 2022.

There are three or four big time West Coast targets USC has a very god shot at in Earnest Greene III‍, Josh Conerly Jr.‍, Malik Agbo‍, Dave Iuli‍ and a few others from the Southeast they have a shot at. There isn’t one from East of the Rockies USC has a greater shot at than with 4-Star All-American Bowl OT Addison Nichols‍ from Norcross (GA).

Nichols is being heavily pursued by most of the top football programs in the nation and has offers from USC, Ohio St., Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, ASU, Auburn, duke, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa St., Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan St., NC St., North Carolina, Oklahoma, Penn St., Penn, Purdue, Stanford, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

USC SCOOP caught up with Nichols earlier Thursday before catching a flight to Phoenix and he shared why his interest is high in the Trojans, other schools coming at him hard, what he’s looking for in a school/football program, visit plans and much more. 

SCOTT SCHRADER AND ADDISON NICHOLS Q&A

SS: How does a kid from Georgia with 30 plus offers end up with serious interest in the University of Southern California?

AN: "I just feel like USC has a lot to offer. I've done virtual tours with them, I've spoken to all of the coaches, they have a great arcademic program and it's just been really impressive. I could definitely see myself going there."

SS: How much are they able to show you on the virtual tours? Are they able to show you the campus, the surrounding area and how much are you actually able to see in those virtual visits?

AN: "A lot more than you might think. They've actually shown me everything I would see if I was there in person and maybe even more. With USC they did a bunch of slideshows, videos and showed a lot of the details on campus. They had pictures and videos of the dorms, satellite footage of the campus, valuable information on internships I can do and stuff like that."

SS: Are there certain aspects of the schools you've been able to see on the virtual tours that popped or stood out to you? Offensive linemen typical as a position group look at the academic stuff pretty seriously.

AN: "Ine hundred percent. The academic aspect is one of the things that definitely stands out. They have an incredible academic reputation and the location is fantastic. They're one of the rare schools to have that level of arcademics and still maintain a championship football program."

SS: USC just hired a new offensive line coach in Clay McGuire and it seems like he Wasted little time contacting you guys. Have you had an opportunity to talk to him?

AN: "I have quite a bit actually. I've done Zoom calls, Facetime and we speak often. He's a great guy and I'm excited to get out there and meet him."

SS: The recruiting dead period was extended to the end of May, but it sounds like yall will have opportunities to visit schools again at some point this summer. Will USC be a school you'd get out to visit when you're permitted?

AN: One hundred percent yes. I've already talked to the staff about it and USC will probably be one of the first schools I visit...if not the first. I want to get out there as soon as I could."

SS: Have you been to L.A. before?

AN: "I actually haven't been past Texas yet."

SS: What are some other schools you have interest in and talk to like you do USC?

AN: "I'm speaking a lot with UGA, Ohio St., Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, LSU and a wide variety of schools. I'm in very regular contact with all my top schools."

SS: Do you know at this point what you're searching for in a school and football Program?

AN: "Just a place I'm comfortable and like whether I'm playing football or not. Definitely solid academics, good football team great coaches. One of the main reasons I'm going to take my time is I want to go see schools in person. The relationships I have with the players in staff is also very important.

"I already have a great relationship with Coach Dane Stevens and I text with him every day. We have the closest relationship of any of the coaches I talk with. We are really tight and we talk all the time. He's a great guy and great recruiter as you can tell with me talking so highly of USC. I'm really excited to get out there to see the place."

 

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