After swooping into South Florida in the last recruiting cycle and landing the 3rd-ranked Safety in the nation, Jamel Cook and 3-star wide receiver Keyshawn Young, the Trojan coaching staff is back in South Florida, recently handing out what could be a very important offer.
The USC Trojans staff just offered a scholarship to one of the nation's highest rated uncommitted prospects in stud outside linebacker Nadarius Fagan. Despite holding an offer from the defending National Champions, the Miami Southridge star was ecstatic when he heard the news.
"It was like receiving the heisman trophy," Fagan said on his reaction to receiving his USC offer. "I was in complete shock!"
Speaking with Fagan, it's easy to tell that his interest in the Trojans is serious and growing by the day. While early, yet suspect rankings, rate Fagan as only a 3-star recruit it is highly likely that his rating will increase with offers from several elite schools. Fagan is one of the hottest commodities out of South Florida at the moment, such a happy reaction from him is a great sign for USC. Prior to the Trojans offer, Fagan was close to making his ultimate decision with 247Sports predicting he would be joining the Crimson Tide. The offer from USC, however, changed Fagan's perspective.
"This offer has made me open up my recruitment and want to take a visit," said Fagan. "I'm very interested in USC right now."
Despite his overwhelmingly positive reaction to the USC offer, his recruitment is far from over. Fagan has been very excited to see all the newfound interest from many elite programs and hopes to see that continue into his senior season. In addition to USC, Fagan has also received several big time offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU, and Nebraska with a strong possibility that more offers could still come.
"It's been absolutely great," Fagan said on the recruiting process. "I love the things and opportunities these colleges are showing me."
Fagan informed Conquest Chronicles that he plans on visiting his top five, which the Trojans have blasted themselves into and that a decision could come sooner than some expected.
"I'll be visiting my top five of Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, Syracuse, and USC," Fagan said. "I will probably end up making my decision after the summer."
As for USC's eventual chances here, Fagan is certainly a prospect to watch moving forward.
"I can see USC moving up into my top three," said Fagan. "It all depends on how hard the staff recruits me."
As noted by the prospect himself, the Trojans' chances in signing the south Florida talent will depend on how aggressive the staff becomes down the stretch. Right now, USC has made a huge impact on Fagan's recruitment and could soon be a favorite here if they aren't already.
USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast runs a defensive scheme that relies on versatile and talented linebackers to be successful, so keep a close eye on blue-chip prospects like Nadarius Fagan, folks.