Throughout the week of practice at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio there was one defensive player on the West squad that stood out head and shoulders above the rest. That player is Jeff Schweiger and he just announced that he’s heading to the Pac 10 to play his college football.
“I’m going to USC,” Schweiger, a five-star defensive end that is 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, said. “In the end, it came down to Oklahoma and to USC, but USC is the place for me.”
Schweiger said there were two reasons why he picked USC.
“The biggest reason is that I can probably go in there and compete for playing time right away,” he said. “Oklahoma is going to have two All-America caliber defensive ends coming back next season, and for me I could step in at USC and have a very good shot at playing end right away.
“I also developed a great relationship with coach (Ed) Orgeron,” Schweiger said. “He’s one of those guys that you want to do out there and play for. He gets you so fired up and motivated. I really didn’t get that feeling from the Oklahoma defensive line coach. I guess it was just something that didn’t click for me.”
But it did for the Trojans and by adding Schweiger’s commitment it is piece of the puzzle that could have them ending up with the nation’s No. 1 class.