The commitment of OT Maximus Gibbs had USC football’s coaches rocking on social media.
There is a lot of “new normal” going on in the world these days, and not all of it welcome. But USC football’s coaches put one of the most entertaining examples of “new normal” on display on Twitter on Friday.
Welcome to the generation of recruiting memes.
When St. John Bosco offensive tackle Maximus Gibbs announced his commitment to the Trojans, USC coaches and staff went all out with social media reaction, including comedic video edits and memes.
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Offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who will get the credit for securing Gibbs’ pledge, went with a no-frills approach (unless you count the presence of a random cowbell as a frill).
New tight ends coach John David Baker is younger than Drevno, so his approach was to embrace the absurdity of memes with the plastered-on heads of Drevno and graduate assistant Viane Talamaivo celebrating the news.
But really, it was Trey Johnson, USC’s director of scouting, who laid down the gauntlet with an edit of Drevno dancing in the music video for the immensely meme-able 2012 hit “Gangnam Style.”
Keeping it music-themed, USC’s director of player development Gavin Morris took the opportunity to reference Gibbs’ connection to Snoop Dog. The recruit was featured on the Netflix show “Coach Snoop” when he was a 13-year-old offensive lineman in the Snoop Youth Football League.
Talamaivao emphasized the importance of USC landing a local commit like Gibbs.
And he wasn’t alone.
Cornerbacks coach Donte Williams used the literal image of a lock around Los Angeles.
Safeties coach Craig Naivar offered a visual representation of USC’s campaign to “Take Back the West.”
Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was on the same theme in terms of hashtags, but he used Kedon Slovis to display his enthusiasm.
Offensive quality control analyst Steve Murillo turned to DJ Khaled to express himself.
Running backs coach Mike Jinks said it himself.
Here’s how other staffers like chief of staff Joseph Wood, offensive quality control analyst, defensive line coach Vic So’oto and the head coach himself Clay Helton responded to the news.
Before you get too huffy about how Gibbs is “just a three-star,” consider a few facts.
The top-rated offensive tackle in the state of California for 2020 is “just a three-star” as well. That’s J Serra’s Mason Murphy, who is also a USC commit.
Gibbs is the fourth-best offensive tackle in the state, but his offer list is easily the most impressive. He was pursued by Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Oregon.
In any case, he’ll get the opportunity to prove himself in cardinal and gold when he signs on the dotted line in 2021.