Honolulu, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - When the Warriors touch down in Los Angeles Thursday night, it'll be a home coming of sorts for more than a dozen California natives (UH has 28 players on its roster who were born in California).
Some players will be packing more than just their belongings. Like running back Will Gregory who grew up just a few minutes away from the L.A. Coliseum. Although ranked as one of the top-10 backs on the west coast his senior season by ESPN, Gregory didn't garner any attention by the Trojans.
"If you ain't no 5-star recruit, they don't want to talk to you back home. They don't want to give you no offer nothing."
Gregory didn't hold back when describing how he went from fan to foe of USC.
"I hate SC to tell you the truth. I feel like this is revenge for me, we about to go at these boys."
For Warrior quarterback Sean Schroeder, who also grew up just minutes away from the Coliseum, the trip holds sentimental value. During the summer, Schroeder transferred from Duke University to Hawaii in hopes of finding playing time. The redshirt-Junior will get his wish when he makes his first career start on the very field that helped him fall in love with football.
"I remember my first college football game was actually, my dad took me to a USC-Notre Dame game. So my real first taste of football was at the Coliseum. So life's kind of come full circle with me having my first start at the Coliseum."
Each Warrior was given two tickets for Saturday's game, Schroeder was able to scrounge up 18 for his family and friends who will be in attendance.
The Trojans have a 7-0 record against the Warriors all-time. Hawaii and top ranked USC kick off their seasons at 1:30pm HST.