Trojans to add another talented walk-on 

April, 25, 2012
When the USC Trojans were hit with sanctions, many wondered how its staff would recruit with 30 fewer scholarships over three years. As it turns out, Lane Kiffin and staff can get the job done even without scholarships.

The thought was that with 75 scholarship players rather than 85, the Trojans would need to find several walk-ons capable of providing either game minutes or quality practice reps to fill in for the empty scholarships. Thus far, the plan has gone smoothly.

This fall, USC will add at least three preferred walk-ons in athlete Christian Tober (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente), safety Elijah Steen (Irvine, Calif./Beckman) and cornerback Ryan Dillard (Buford, Ga./Buford), all of whom turned down scholarship offers from other programs to enroll at USC.