USC Football

Michael Wyche Commits to USC: Trojans Land Big JUCO DT

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports
Randy ChambersAnalyst IMay 3, 2013

It didn't take long for defensive tackle Michael Wyche to make his decision. After making an unofficial visit to USC on May 2, the 315-pound defensive lineman was offered a scholarship and committed later that same day, according to Rivals.

"I came down to USC for an unofficial visit, and I was very fortunate to sit down and meet with Lane Kiffin, Coach [Ed] Orgeron and Tee Martin," said Wyche. "It was just amazing because they're such great people. We talked and I toured the facilities around the school.

"After that, Coach Kiffin told me they were going to offer me a full-ride scholarship to USC. Honestly, it was pretty overwhelming. He said the main reason they felt so good about me was my character. They felt I was a high character guy and that they couldn't wait to have me become a part of their program."

If only every offer was that easy.

Wyche also had offers from Arkansas State, Troy and Washington State, but he was thrilled when USC extended its offer. This will allow him to continue to play football in the California area after playing his JUCO ball at East Los Angeles College.

Wyche hasn't had the easiest life. His father is serving time in prison and his mother just passed away after a battle with cancer, according to the Rivals report.

"I've gone from being a homeless kid to a USC prospect. I'm still in shock right now. I've got my three sisters and my daughter. My daughter's mother is very supportive too, so I have people around me," Wyche said.

While Wyche has more than enough reasons to be thrilled with this opportunity, USC also couldn't be any happier. Just the fourth early commitment for the 2014 class, Wyche will add much-needed depth along the defensive line. He will fit in well in the new-look defense under Clancy Pendergast, as the Trojans landed only one defensive tackle in last year's recruiting class.

 Wyche compares his story to another player from USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron's past.

I'm similar to a player of his that he used to coach named, Michael Oher. They made a movie about him a couple of years ago called 'The Blindside.' Our story is almost exactly the same, except I didn't get blessed with the people he did.

Orgeron was at Mississippi when Oher was a member of the team. And if Wyche's impact on the USC defense is similar to Oher's on the Ole Miss offense, USC fans will consider this commitment a home run.

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