USC received a visit this week from offensive lineman Bernard Schirmer, who last played at Mt. San Antonio College.
Schirmer made headlines in 2016 when he appeared to strike a referee during a game against Ventura College. Schirmer was arrested after the game and banned five years by the Southern California Football Association.
But Schirmer was never charged by the Ventura County district attorney’s office because investigators were not sure they could convince jurors the contact was made intentionally and on purpose.
Schirmer said he often attempted to calm himself down by hitting himself on the helmet and accidentally hit the referee. You can see video of the incident here.
It does not appear as though he played last season and would presumably have two years of eligibility remaining.
In February, he reportedly committed to Utah. But in May he tweeted that he received an offer from USC.
Schirmer (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) graduated from Lakewood High School in 2015.