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Nearly passed over by USC, Uchenna Nwosu is now one of the Trojans' most disruptive defenders

Nearly passed over by USC, Uchenna Nwosu is now one of the Trojans' most disruptive defenders

Robert Gill was coaching Harbor City Narbonne High’s linebackers in 2012, a side gig while he also worked in maintenance services at USC.

Gill has worked at USC for more than three decades now. Work long enough on campus, he said, and a man gets to know people. People like then-interim coach Ed Orgeron.

When Gill had work to do near Heritage Hall that fall, he’d see the coach and offer a reminder. There’s a pretty good talent playing at Narbonne, he’d say. Worth a look.

"I had to talk them into offering,” Gill said. Not, he added, that he needed to do much selling.

He just thought that if USC watched enough film, they’d see what he saw in one of his players,...