Michael Ezeike is one of the more unique players out West.
He's rated a tight end but is really a big receiver and a very tough matchup problem for opposing defenses. He's all of 6-5, 225 pounds and has the frame to carry another 20 pounds or so with ease. He's a powerful kid who is tough to press but runs well enough to make plays down the field as well.
Ezeike had a strong showing at the Trojans Rising Stars Camp last weekend and followed it up with another impressive outing at the Trojans 7v7 tournament earlier today.
"During the lunch break, Coach Helton pulled me aside and offered me a scholarship," Ezeike said. "I've been talking with them for awhile and I knew they liked what I did at the camp last week. I was hopeful if I did well today I would get the offer and that's how it worked out.
"I'm very interested in USC, it's a great program and they're going to be on my shortlist for the rest of my recruitment. I'm not close to making a decision right now, I still want to take my visits. Saying that, USC has a lot going for it, it's close to home, great team and good staff so I like them a lot."
Ezeike said the plan is to cut his list to seven by the end of the summer and then take his official visits in the fall.
"The schools recruiting me the hardest right now are Oregon, Texas A&M and Utah," Ezeike said. "I want to visit all those schools this summer before I cut my list. I'll check out Arizona for sure and UCLA again too since it's close to home. I can visit USC anytime a well and then cut down my list.
"Once I cut it to seven, I'll set up some official visits in the fall and I think I'll be able to make my decision sometime during the season. Biggest factors for me will be my relationship with coaches, the weather, the lifestyle there, how comfortable I am there and how I fit in with the offense. I don't have a leader right now, I'm wide open to all these schools so the visits will be big for me."