Since receiving a scholarship offer from USC this past spring, linebacker Scott Starr (Norco, Calif./Norco) has been counting down the days until he could officially become a Trojan. Now, as an early enrollee, that time is almost here.
"I get to move in on Friday," Starr said. "It's definitely going to be special. I have my freshman orientation on Friday and then Monday, I'm a student at USC. It's full go."
Starr said he is looking forward to joining his teammates next week, but added that he was able to spend a few moments reflecting on the past few months.
"Accomplishing my goal to play at USC is very special to me," Starr said. "I've had that dream since I was a little boy, and not a lot of kids get to fulfill that dream. That's definitely the biggest thing for me. Now I have more goals written out and I'm ready for the future."
Starr had one final high school moment this past week, when he participated in the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Starr was chosen as a captain for the East team and started at outside linebacker.
"It was special to play in that first game, and to have been in the same room as those Marines was an honor," Starr said. "They taught us life lessons, and those were the biggest things I'll take away from that experience."
Only a handful of players participating in that game held offers from the Trojans, and virtually all of them were on the opposing West squad. But Starr found his way over there to leave what impression he could.
"Pretty much the only USC target I talked to was D.J. Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro)," Starr said, adding that he knew Foster from an official visit he took to Arizona State. "I gave him a couple nudges here and there."
With Starr set to enroll at USC next week, it won't be long until he is called upon for his first assignment as a Trojan. USC coaches will be hosting two huge recruiting weekends in January, and while Starr won't be able to take part as a visitor, he'll likely spend plenty of time working on his potential teammates.
"It will definitely be cool already having that experience of knowing how college goes and that lifestyle, and being able to tell that to recruits coming in," Starr said. "I'll be hosting a couple of my high school buddies. It might be a little weird hosting some of my friends, but I'll make sure to show them the whole experience."