There has been plenty of attrition at the corner position for the Trojans this year with injuries, academic issues and coverage breakdowns, but one player who could end up benefiting on Saturday is senior walk-on senior James Harbin. Harbin is currently the top reserve on the depth chart after starters Nickell Robey and Isiah Wiley.
Harbin (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) played for Harbor City Narbonne (Calif.) HS before attending LA Southwest JC for two years. His ultimate goal was always to be at USC, even if it meant taking the junior college route.
"My priority was to come here," Harbin said. "I had a chance to play at some other schools, but I wanted to come here for academic reasons. I'm the first one in my family to go to college, and it was a life-defining moment to get accepted here. I majored in political science, and my goal is to go to law school."
Harbin garnered plenty of attention last spring when he made a big interception in a scrimmage. USC coach Lane Kiffin then informed the media that Harbin did that after working the graveyard shift the night before as a security guard at a warehouse in Compton. Once he started inching up the USC depth chart and made the traveling squad he gave up the graveyard job in an effort to focus on school and football.
"I shifted my schedule after the spring to reflect my priorities," Harbin said with a laugh. "I have high standards for myself, and it was an honor to make this team. Now that I'm here, I want to do everything I can to help the team if I get a chance to play."