USC head coach added a new wrinkle to the Trojans on Tuesday, with the announcement that kicker Matt Boermeester would be transferring in from Saddleback College and blueshirting.
What’s blueshirting you ask? It’s an NCAA exception that allows “non-recruited” athletes to serve as early early enrollees.
More importantly, it’s a rule interpretation that permits them to enroll immediately and count towards the following recruiting class, as long as they did not receive a scholarship offer until after the beginning of fall practice.
Since Boermeester did not have any recruiting visits as a high schooler nor did he ever sign a letter of intent, he was eligible to blueshirt at USC since the Trojans waited until after camp opened on Monday.
That means that USC can only bring in 24 recruits come February, instead of the permitted 25.
Boermeester, a sophomore, practiced with the Trojans on Tuesday, and promptly nailed a 52-yard field goal.
Safe to say, he’ll provide senior incumbant kicker Andre Heidari with some competition.
In three seasons as the Trojans’ placekicker, Heidari has made 40 of 55 field goals. In 2011, he made several freshman All-American teams and was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist after going 15 of 17 with a long of 50 yards.
Since then however, Heidari has made 65 percent of his field goal attempts and has struggled at times.
Early in 2012, he suffered a leg injury that caused him to miss two games, and lingered throughout the season. After four combined misses in losses to Washington State and Notre Dame hurt the Trojans last year, Heidari finished the season making 9 of his last 11 field goals.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Wood and freshman Reid Budrovich are walk-ons who will also compete this fall.