The Trojans have been busy in Northern California this weekend. One day after an offer was extended to defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer), USC head coach Lane Kiffin went back into the area to offer wide receiver Darrell Daniels (Oakley, Calif./Freedom). It is the first scholarship offer to a California receiver and only the third in-state offer to an offensive player.
Daniels is the top-ranked wide receiver in the state and No. 52 overall player in the country, with offers from schools such as Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
As a junior, Daniels averaged 17 yards per reception on his way to 13 total touchdowns.
Daniels said he called Kiffin on Saturday, but wasn't expecting the offer.
"It was kind of a surprise, but I was happy," Daniels said. "I still like USC. I like them even more now."
Though the Trojans gained a wide receiver commit on Friday from Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Tex./West Mesquite) and scholarship reductions could limit them in terms of the number of wide receivers taken in this class, Daniels said there was no pressure from the staff to commit immediately. He said he isn't ready to narrow things down at this time, and a decision will come at a later date.
Daniels has taken note of what wide receivers have accomplished at USC, especially under Kiffin.
"They're exciting to watch," he said. "They have two good receivers there now and they know how to develop wide receivers."
Daniels was planning to attend a camp at USC this summer in hopes of earning an offer. But even with that out of the way, he said his plan to camp with the Trojans remains the same. Daniels will also participate in the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp on May 20, in the hopes of earning an invitation to The Opening.