It hasn't been the easiest of years for Kevin O'Neill and his staff at USC. But, the Trojans picked up some good news on Sunday morning.
After taking a visit to see the Trojans on Saturday, 6-foot-3 combo guard Brendyn Taylor from Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax made a verbal commitment.
"I think that just recently I've really started to settle down on what choices I wanted to make and what schools I'm interested in," Taylor told Rivals.com. "I went over and talked to K.O at USC and saw some stuff. After I talked to them about academics and the networking opportunities aside from basketball I decided I couldn't really pass up on an offer like this."
Taylor also felt a high comfort level with the staff and is impressed with USC as an entire school and athletic program.
"I feel comfortable iwth K.O, and the coaching staff," said Taylor. "I know USC has a great coaching staff and a great program academically and athletically."
Even though the Trojans are making their way through a tough season, Taylor isn't concerned. He knows that the team has been ravaged by injury and he also sees opportunity.
"I don't think it was much of a concern," said Taylor of USC's down season. "I was at the game yesterday and I was looking at the bench and they have a whole other team sitting there in sweatsuits. It's tough when you don't have all of your weapons and everybody there.
"I just see it as a situation where I can come in and step in right away."
More of a point guard during his freshman and sophomore years before transferring to Fairfax, Taylor has played more off the ball his last couple of years. He has a high hoops IQ, is versatile and can shoot the ball.
Most of all, Taylor has confidence that he can step in and help out.
"I know that I'm an under the radar guy," said Taylor. "But, I'm confident and know that I can come in with my talent and my work ethic and help out right away."