Four-star athlete De’Gabriel Floyd spoke with Campus Insiders to discuss his USC commitment and his welcomed role as a recruiter for the Trojans’ 2019 recruiting class.
Clay Helton could not stop smiling when he found out the Trojans had acquired their first verbal commitment in the 2019 recruiting class. And he celebrated by buying a slab of ribs and throwing it on the grill in honor of the commitment.
At least, that’s what he told De’Gabriel Floyd. The 4-star athlete committed to USC publicly on Monday but had already made the phone call to Gavin Morris, the Trojans’ high school relations coordinator, who patched the Los Angeles native through to Helton.
When Floyd asked the USC head coach if he could throw down and celebrate with some ribs, too, Helton said they would be soon enough.
For now, Floyd will have to celebrate with his friends and family, and surely his mother will want to toast to having her son one step closer to fulfilling his dream.
“She asked me why [USC], and I told her it’s close to home,” Floyd told Campus Insiders. “I feel like I haven’t even left the house when I’m on campus. The coaches and I have a great relationship, and I feel like they will take care of me the best. And after I told her that, she was all for it.”
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect recently watched his former high school teammates Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson sign with USC as part of its 2017 recruiting class, but Floyd hasn’t spoken to them about it yet.
Right now, he’s trying to keep his feet on the ground. He still has two seasons left at Augustus Hawkins High School in L.A., where he’ll continue to be a do-it-all player.
While he runs with power and burst as a halfback, the Trojans have told Floyd their plan is to use him as a linebacker when he gets to campus.
Even with two years to go before he’s allowed to sign his National Letter of Intent, Floyd can’t wait to strap up the pads for Helton and embrace his future at USC.
“It’s the amount of energy he has and how he gives to his players at practice,” Floyd said of Helton. “He wants a 100-percent effort from them because that’s what he’s giving them. The coaching staff has the schemes and plays. All the players have to do is channel that energy and execute, and they can’t be outmatched.”
Floyd’s outlook couldn’t be more positive. He’s ready to fight on, but first needs to gather his army. And that’s what he’ll be doing as he lives up to the hype of being the first player in the class: recruiting.
“I’m trying to work on [4-star CB] Max Williams. I talked to him this past week,” Floyd said of players he’s going after. “I’m gonna’ start working on [4-star DE] Keyon Ware-Hudson, who is kind of a close friend. And me and [4-star DE] Kayvon Thibodeaux, who I went to middle school with, we already have a good relationship with each other.”
There is still plenty of time for recruiting, though. Floyd knows that.
As far as this season is concerned, he’ll enjoy being a fan. He believes no one can stop the Trojans from going all the way in 2017 if they stay the course Helton has set.
“I feel, with the talent that’s coming in, there is no team in the Pac-12 that can handle them if they play USC football,” he said.
The Trojans’ 2019 class has its leader.