TE Michael Trigg of Lake Wales, FL has set October 11th for his college commitment announcement, and he is down to USC, LSU and Southern Cal. He has visited the two SEC programs. This weekend he and his family will make the trek to the West Coast for a peak at Southern Cal. The NCAA dead period prevents Trigg from meeting with any of the Southern Cal coaches, so he and his family will do the best they can to get a good feel for the school and the city.
“Really just sight-see I guess,” Trigg said. “Not even go inside the campus but outside the campus, Hollywood and stuff like that.”
As for the other USC, Trigg said Gamecock coaches Bobby Bentley and Joe Cox are regular callers, and head coach Will Muschamp is a daily texter.
“They know it’s getting close to my commitment time, so they are contacting me a little more than they usually do,” Trigg said. “They’re trying to make our relationship even stronger than what we have to make me feel more comfortable if I decide to go there. They are telling me just to make the decision for myself. Don’t feel pressured. Think of it as a life decision, not a right now decision.”
Trigg was dialed in to USC’s game with Tennessee last Saturday night. He saw tight end Nick Muse catch four passes for 50 yards, and be targeted several more times. The tight end has always been a major part of a Mike Bobo directed offense.
“I think they used them pretty well,” said Trigg who caught 85 passes last season. “I would like to see them more flexed out a little bit. I don’t think those are the type of tight ends that you really flex out, so they haven’t had the opportunity to really flex them out yet. The type of skillset I have, I don’t think they have those tight ends like that.”
Once he returns from LA, Trigg will have the difficult task of deciding between three programs he really likes. He said his decision will come down to, “Relationships and city-life. What it’s like in the city and the way they use the tight ends.”
There is one more factor to weigh. Basketball. Trigg also is a major college prospect in roundball and will play both sports in college. And all three schools want him badly in that sport. And the quality of each basketball program will be considered as well.
“I pretty much like all of them even,” Trigg said. “They are pretty much telling me things like I want to hear like the position I’m playing when I get there and how it will work in the fall.”
Trigg said he will release his decision via a video. He’s not sure yet if he’ll tell the schools in advance of his announcement.