2020 DB target: USC visit was a great experience
While Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman was shutting down USC’s offense, his younger brother, Alaka’i Gilman, was being treated as a guest by the Trojan coaching staff.
The younger Gilman brother is a junior DB at Punahou HS in Honolulu. He’s already received scholarship offers from Arizona State and Hawaii. Shortly after his time in Los Angeles, he became a target for USC as well.
“I just contacted Coach Eric Ziskin, the director of recruiting and asked if I could come and check out the game,” Gilman told USC247.com. “We took the visit over the weekend and watched the game. I was able to talk to some of the coaches, like Coach (Johnny) Nansen, who offered me. I got to see some of the guys I know from back home like Kana’i (Mauga), Vavae (Malepeai) and Jordan Iosefa. It was good seeing those guys and it was good to talk to them.
The offer went down after I got home. We landed and I got in touch with Coach Nansen. He said to give him a call whenever we were available because he knew we were traveling all the time. So we just landed and we were going home in the car and I called him. That’s when he verbally offered me.”
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect is thrilled that he has an opportunity to play at USC.
“It means a lot,” Gilman said. “To me, it just shows these coaches believe in my ability. They also saw my brother play and I think they see a parallel between my brother and his play on the field, he did an outstanding job against them. To me, it means a lot and it means a lot to my family. It’s another step in the recruiting process. I’m grateful and humbled to have acquired that offer.”
If he was to choose USC, he would likely have to see more of the school. He was only on campus Saturday but he enjoyed what he did see. He also said he doesn’t plan to make a commitment anytime soon.
“I didn’t get to see much on game day because time was kind of tough,” Gilman said. “But I was there for game day, I got to experience the game day culture at USC. We did the little on the field stuff, so I was able to stand on the sideline while the team warmed up and it was great to see the atmosphere and it was great to see them live nd in person. It was a great experience to see the Coliseum in general. I’ve heard a lot about that great stadium but I got a chance to check it out and see it for myself.”