Fresh off a season-opening victory in Hawaii, the USC coaches were active on the recruiting front this past weekend as Sept. 1 marked the start of the contact period for Class of 2015 prospects.
Dynamic receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) was not the only 2015 recruit to learn of a USC scholarship offer over the weekend, as No. 2-rated defensive tackle Tim Settle (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) and No. 3-rated outside linebacker Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) also picked up offers from the Trojans.
“It was always one of the schools I watched growing up, so this was big,” Jefferson said. “I’m definitely interested and open to going there, but obviously I have to find out more about the school.”
The 6-foot-3, 308-pound Settle -- ranked No. 7 overall in the ESPN Junior 300 -- has an extensive offer list that includes Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and UCLA and others.
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Jefferson, who is ranked No. 64 in the ESPN Junior 300 and No. 6 overall in Texas, has schools such as Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M in pursuit of him.
“Coach (Tommie) Robinson was cool to talk to,” Jefferson said. “That was actually the first time we’ve ever talked and I hadn’t really heard from USC, so it was surprising. He didn’t go too in depth about anything. It was mostly a phone call to let me know that I have an offer. I’ll probably go out there sometime next year, but I have not made any plans. I want to take the process slow.”
Jefferson was not the only Texas-based recruit to hear from USC.
Class of 2015 defensive tackle Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater) said assistant Ed Orgeron contacted him, but he wasn’t able to get in touch with the coach. Mack, the No. 3-rated defensive tackle in the ESPN Junior 300 and No. 1-rated prospect in Texas, added that he believed a Trojans offer would soon arrive.
Four-star athlete Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville) also received a message from Orgeron through social media, and Stidham said he hoped it would lead to an offer in the future.
“They’d be high on my list for sure,” said Stidham, who is being recruited as a quarterback by many programs. “USC is a great school and they always have a great football program.”
Stidham holds offers from Baylor, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The 6-foot-3, 183-pound prospect is ranked No. 155 in the ESPN Junior 300, No. 25 in his state and No. 12 nationally among athletes.
Class of 2015 safety Larry Pryor Jr. (Sulphur Springs, Texas/Sulphur Springs), who is No. 66 in the ESPN Junior 300, spoke with Orgeron as well, but didn’t add the Trojans to his offer list.
“We just talked about how the USC defense got after the ball to beat Hawaii,” Pryor said. “I’m not sure about an offer. I’m always looking for offers, but I’m not sure if one is coming from USC.”