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Blind long snapper will be a Trojan

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Jake Olson Fights On (7:17)

As a 12-year-old boy faced with losing his eyesight to cancer, Jake Olson inspired USC's football team with his courageous battle. Now a high school junior, Jake tells how he found a way back to the football field and the game he loves. (7:17)

Two years ago, ESPN's College GameDay profiled high school long snapper Jake Olson, a blind long snapper who had overcome seemingly insurmountable odds in order to become a member of his high school football team.

The video begins with a quote from Olson: "I've learned that if you want to win forever, always compete. You're either competing or you're not. I've chosen to always compete."

And compete Olson might, but not just for any team, for the USC Trojans -- his team.

"I can honestly say that probably without USC, it would've made the situation a lot more miserable, a lot harder," Olson said. "I don't know if I would've come out of it as positive as I have been."

On Monday, Gary Klein had a terrific profile in the LA Times about Olson's journey and where it might take him. And yes, that journey might include a stop in Memorial Coliseum. Olson -- who boasts a 4.3 GPA -- will attend USC and according to Klein, Olson "would join the program as a walk-on."

"Someday, he's going to snap in a game for us," USC coach Steve Sarkisian told Klein. "When? I don't know. But it will happen. When that day comes, it will be awesome."

"Awesome" might be the understatement of the year. Because when Olson enters that game -- whatever game it might be -- as Sarkisian has said he will, everyone in the country is going to tune in and be a USC fan.