On Sunday the hard work paid off, as O'Neill and his staff went outside their area to snag a verbal pledge from Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill standout Maurice Jones.
"For one USC is a great school academically," Arthur Hill head coach Greg McMath said of Jones' decision. "That was the first thing him and his mother were looking for. Then he wanted to get into a style of play and a conference that would fit his style."
Jones flew under the radar mainly because of his size, as he stands just 5-foot-7 and weighs in at 150-pounds. With that said, Jones put together a nice performance at a major camp and drew some high major interest.
"I thought a lot of people had him ranked a lot lower than what he should have been," McMath said. "He didn't play for a high powered AAU program, but he did a good job at the RBK All-American camp."
"USC is a great choice for him," McMath said. "He's got a chance to go to USC and get some great minutes."