Frankie Telfort, the four star linebacker from Florida, will not play with the Trojans due to a new found heart condition. As reported by the AP:
Telfort, a 17-year-old Miami native and considered one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — a serious genetic heart condition. USC couldn’t clear Telfort to play after examinations by several top heart specialists in Los Angeles and another opinion from the Minneapolis Heart Institute.
Carroll had this to say about Telfort, quoted earlier on Conquest Chronicles:
“This is obviously very difficult news for Frankie, his family and all of us in the football program…but we’re very thankful doctors discovered the issue before it led to anything worse.”
After losing Maualuga, Matthews, Maiava and Cushing to the NFL, the Trojans brought in a strong haul at the position with Telfort, Jarvis Jones, Kevin Greene and Marquis Simmons. Telfort had been promising in conditioning drills and throwing sessions until his mysterious sidelining a week or so ago. The silver lining is Carroll said USC will honor Telfort’s full scholarship. Reports are that Telfort was planning on enrolling in pre-med in the fall.