2020 OT Hernandez: I’m excited to be high on USC’s radar
Yucaipa, Calif. HS’s Brandon Hernandez is one of the top offensive linemen in the greater Los Angeles area. With a deadline for his decision off in the distant future, Hernandez currently holds Pac-12 scholarship offers from Arizona State, Cal, Oregon and Washington State.
He’s also interested in a couple of schools a bit closer to his home, namely USC. In fact, he visited USC over the Memorial Day weekend. He was honored to take that trip.
“So to begin USC has always been a childhood dream of mine,” Hernandez said. “I would tell people that I would be on that T.V. screen one day playing football. A lot of family are big SC fans so that means a lot. To be given the opportunity for an unofficial visit was amazing.”
Hernandez says that opportunity turned into a great experience.
“All the staff was extremely welcoming and had open arms for me and my family,” Hernandez said. “There wasn’t one person that I got weird vibes from or felt like the love wasn’t real. When me and my family arrived to the campus we were picked up by two young ladies who I forget their names but they worked for the football team. We were taken to the main facility that houses the majority of everything which is awesome. Before we toured anything we met with all of the staff including Clay (Helton) and Tim Drevno the offensive line coach along with coach Viane (Talamaivao). After we met and talked with everybody for a while we began our tour.”
When that tour got underway, the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder was impressed with what he saw.
“We toured everything including offices, weight room, Heisman room, locker room, player lounge and everything else that the facilities had to offer,” Hernandez said. “After that we did the photo shoot which was awesome. The photographer was great and it was an awesome experience to have that SC uniform on.”
Clay Helton then took the time to explain everything USC has to offer. That’s because Hernandez is a priority recruit for the Trojan head coach.
“After the photo shoot me and my family had a private meeting with coach Helton which was an extreme honor,” Hernandez said. “We talked for about an hour and 15 minutes about USC as a school, program, et cetera. We talked about the tradition and family feel USC has to offer and what the USC degree means. We talked about my family and I which was special and we talked about his family along with the recruiting process which I was extremely happy to be informed that I am very high on their radar. It was an amazing talk that made me feel even better about USC and it meant a great deal to my family and I. After that we did a small campus tour on our way out of the campus because we had to beat the LA traffic to get home.”
Hernandez will return to USC in a few weeks and expects to enjoy himself again.
“I will be returning June 19 for the elite camp and coach Helton said after the camp we will have another meeting together just like the last and discuss offers and where I stand with USC. It will be an amazing day.”