Taking a far different approach than just about every other FBS program, the USC Trojans finished the regular season having hosted exactly one official visitor. It occurred this past weekend, as linebacker Noor Davis (Leesburg, Fla./Leesburg) journeyed across the country to check out the Trojans.
Davis has been committed to Stanford for several months and maintains that he is very comfortable with that decision. But he wants to be completely confident when it comes time to sign his letter of intent, so Davis has recently taken official visits to Auburn and USC, and will host in-home visits from various coaches in the coming weeks.
For the visit to USC, Davis was accompanied by his uncle, who lives in Los Angeles.The USC coaches allowed him to see exactly being a linebacker at USC would be like, as he was hosted by Anthony Sarao and Hayes Pullard. Davis was also afforded the opportunity to sit in on all meetings and basically become a part of the team for his 48 hours.
"It was a great trip," Davis said.
As for what stood out most, Davis gave an answer that should surprise no USC fan.
"It was surprising how close the team is. It's like a family with the players and coaches," he said. "How they interact and how much fun they have."
Davis also had a chance to witness the Trojan walk and the pep rallies, and was impressed by the atmosphere created by the students and fans. After heading back to Florida, Davis said the recruiting process will begin winding down for him. Eventually he will sit down with his family and make a final decision on a school, although it is growing increasingly clear that programs are going to have a difficult time budging him away from Stanford.
"[The USC trip] definitely gave me a wider perspective and deeper respect for the school," Davis said. "I was impressed and it is definitely a school that is high on my list. But at the end of the day, I'm still committed to Stanford and I still feel that is where I will go."