One of the many questions facing Steve Sarkisian in his first spring camp as head coach of the USC Trojans is how he and defensive backs coach Keith Heyward will shuffle their options along the back four of the defense.
According to Scott Wolf, there may be an unexpected addition to the group of defensive backs in the form of Patrick Hall, who reportedly approached Sarkisian to discuss re-joining the team.
Out of St. Bonaventure (Ventura), Hall, rated a five-star prospect by Rivals, signed with the Trojans’ 2009 class. He was ranked the No. 2 safety, No. 3 overall in the state of California and No. 19 among all members from 2009.
His Trojan career never took flight however, as Hall was grounded by injuries and academic issues. Though he was a member of the 2009 class, Hall didn’t qualify and was unable to enroll until the spring of 2010.
Lane Kiffin then suspended the freshman in the fall of 2010 and the defensive back ultimately left the Trojans program in January of 2012.
Josh Shaw, one of the Trojans’ most versatile players on the defensive side of the ball, was believed to finally return to safety, which is his more natural position.
Shaw instead appears to be a lock at corner, which leaves the Trojans a little thin at safety.
Adding Hall to the mix would give the Trojans additional depth and give them more versatility within their group of defensive backs; Hall also previously practiced with the Trojans at corner back.