Three-star strong-side defensive end Jacob Lichtenstein of Cypress Bay High School (Fla.) has been dying for an offer from the USC coaching staff. Monday afternoon was certainly a great time for Lichtenstein as the 240 lb. giant defensive linemen reported a USC offer via Twitter.
The under-the-radar prospect who has obtained offers from the likes of Cal, Nebraska, and Pitt, was absolutely ecstatic once he learned of the scholarship offer.
"It's very exciting," said Lichtenstein. "They've [USC] been one of my dream schools since I was a kid! Great traditions up there!"
With a Trojan offer now in hand, Lichtenstein was certainly not being "close to the vest" in regards to where USC stands in his recruitment.
"Oh! They're definitely in my top two", said Lichtenstein. The talented lineman also alluded to me that the Trojans could definitely be his leader as of now as well.
Most who follow recruiting know that for every prospect there's always an offer or two from particular schools that the prospect covets. USC was that offer for Lichtenstein and he was pretty clear on why he wanted to hear from USC.
"[There have] such rich traditions at USC", Lichtenstein said. "USC has a great football program with unbelievable history, along with top academics!"
The next step in the recruiting process in regards to USC's courtship of the Florida product is Lichtenstein getting to know the program on a whole new level by visiting, which Lichtenstein says could happen very soon.
"I have a trip to Cal planned for June 10th, so I might make the trip down to USC after. I have to talk with my parents more about actual dates, but that's definitely a possibility."
Although Lichtenstein is obviously thrilled about his Trojan offer, the lineman was honest in saying that he would like to hear from a couple other schools before he plans to make his decision in a few months.
"I would like to hear from UCLA and Stanford, I also plan to make a decision by the end of the summer."
With the Trojan coaching staff throwing their hats in the ring at the right time just as Lichtenstein's recruitment begins to head towards the home stretch, he certainly is a prospect to watch moving forward. From what Lichtenstein told me, USC will definitely be heavily considered and can be seen as one of the leaders here if not the outright frontrunner in Lichtenstein's recruitment.