As a freshman in 2017, Greg Johnson arrived at USC with a plan — get close to the veteran cornerbacks.
He aimed to learn their expectations for young cornerbacks like himself, study their mind-set and gain advice for excelling at the position. Along the way, Johnson found he connected with his mentors, and the players he emulated became his friends.
One of those cornerbacks was Isaiah Langley. The pair clicked quickly in Johnson’s first weeks on campus.
“He’s just funny,” Johnson said. “I don’t know, I can’t really explain, but once I got to know him, he’s just a real cool dude. Genuine, genuine person. And that’s my guy. That’s all I...