Townsend 'shocked' by USC offer

2015 Missouri City (Tex.) Ridge Point linebacker Cameron Townsend spoke with FOX Sports NEXT about his trip to Los Angeles (Calif.) to participate in USC's Rising Stars.

For the second time in two years, 2015 Missouri City (Tex.) Ridge Point linebacker Cameron Townsend camped at USC's Rising Stars.

This time, the 6-foot-1 195-pound linebacker left Los Angeles with an offer.

"I was shocked," Townsend told FOX Sports NEXT on the telephone. "[USC] being a NCAA powerhouse, I was just shocked."

Townsend said it will be running backs coach Tommie Robinson who will be in charge of his recruitment. Rising Stars was the first time the two have met, "I don't have much of a relationship with [Robinson] yet," Townsend said. "I'm sure that will grow now."

Townsend said he worked hard to pick up the USC offer. "I know they have a long history of sending linebackers to the NFL," he said. "That's every player's dream."

Townsend spent day one of Rising Stars playing outside linebacker, coming off the edge. On day two he moved to inside linebacker. Townsend says at this point he doesn't have any real preference on which position he plays at the next level, but wants to be a well rounded athlete.

He said the intensity level at the Trojans camp was very high, noting the energy level of defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and linebackers coach Mike Ekeler.

Townsend said he didn't really spend time taking in USC's campus, but was inside the John McKay Center. Features of the McKay Center that stood out to him included the Trojans weightroom, "That's really important to me," he said. He also noted the indoor-practice facility.

The 2015 prospect has already been offered by Baylor, Houston, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Texas, and Utah.

He says at this point in his recruitment he is open to any program recruiting him, though he does have a strong interest in both PAC-12 and BIG-12 programs.

Rising Stars was the only camp Townsend attended while in Los Angeles.

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