Four days before USC opened spring practice earlier this month, its depleted secondary took another hit.
Greg Johnson, the only returning cornerback with starting experience, put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.
Johnson’s entry in the online database allowed him to be contacted by other schools as he explored a potential transfer.
But he did not go through with it.
During the first week of spring practice, Johnson had withdrawn his name from the portal and returned to Howard Jones Field for the Trojans’ second workout.
“Getting his experience back is big for us,” defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said, “and I’ve seen improvement in him, so I’m glad he decided to stay.”
Johnson was not eager to revisit his weeklong limbo status after practice Thursday afternoon. He said it was in the past and declined to specify the reasons for why he considered transferring.
“Honestly, me and my coaches and my teammates, we talked about everything,” Johnson said. “We addressed everything. I’m moving past that. I’m here with my teammates. We’re working. I’m happy to be here. I’m just looking forward to getting better every day and that’s all I’m worried about right now.”
As a redshirt freshman last season, Johnson started the first four games at cornerback before he was supplanted by Isaiah Langley.