Udeze, the former USC All-American defensive end and first-round
"I feel great to be back home," Udeze said.
Udeze was the 20th overall pick by the
Udeze was an assistant strength coach at the University of Washington for three seasons, interned with the
Udeze worked with Ivan Lewis, USC's strength and conditioning coach, at Washington and said "when the opportunity presented itself" to return to USC, he could not resist.
Udeze marveled at the two-year-old McKay Center and said he was looking forward to helping the Trojans and his alma mater. He recalled his own transformation from an out-of-shape freshman to a fit and powerful draft-eligible junior.
"You want to make an impact wherever you are," he said, "but really, I think it kind of hits home a little more because you see yourself in these young men.