sc85sis wrote:I can think of a couple of guys who didn't pop off the charts initially when Pete and his staff were recruiting at USC. They were both considered too small, etc. But both guys had that non-stop motor, that will to outwork other guys. One worked his way into a scholarship out of high school by showing in camps that he could get the job done in spite of his size. The other walked on and worked his way up.
Those two guys are Ryan Kalil and Clay Matthews III.
Let's not forget that an awful lot of people thought a certain QB was too short, as well.
Athletic measurables are only part of the picture.
Kalil and Matthews are incredible athletes with strong NFL bloodlines. Not the best examples, IMO. I think a much better USC example would be Brian Cushing. He was skinny as a rail when he arrived at USC, IIRC he was a walkon too. Sure, he roided up like a madman, but he's a great example of a guy with heart that turned himself into an NFL star at an athleticism dependent position.
Nope. Cush wasn't skinny when he showed up. He got that way after hurting his shoulder his freshman year. We had so many injuries on D that he had to play anyway and was practically a one-armed man by the time we got to the Rose Bowl game against Texas. He had surgery a day or so after that game. He was a highly touted player that was on scholie from day one.
Lofa might be a better example. Likewise for Troy Polamalu. Neither was highly ranked and they both basically got scholarships as legacy guys at USC.