Trevon Sidney might make some last-minute comparisons.
Months have come and gone since the four-star receiver gave USC a verbal commitment. But now with signing day edging closer, Sidney wants to consider some other programs to make sure the correct choice has been made.
USC will get Sidney back on campus this month for an official visit. Others could follow if things work out.
“For sure I’m taking my official to USC when I get back,” Sidney said after the second day of practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. “I’m just looking at a couple other schools, trying to take officials down there.”
Sidney mentioned Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Washington as visit possibilities.
“I haven’t really heard from any of them in awhile because pretty much of the commitment,” Sidney said. “But I’m still trying to get down there. I’ll have to try and get back in contact with them and see if I can.”
Notre Dame offered Sidney along with prep teammate Tyler Vaughns, another USC commitment. Neither visited South Bend before choosing to stay closer to home.
Sidney dealt mostly with associate head coach Mike Denbrock as the area recruiter.
“They have a great program as well,” Sidney said. “Growing up, watching them too, the last couple years they’ve been growing.”
Meanwhile, USC continues to build its relationship.
Sidney watched from afar as Clay Helton went from interim to full time head coach. Helton has since elevated Tee Martin to offensive coordinator status along with coaching the wide receivers. Martin and Sidney have a strong relationship already.
“It’s good,” Sidney said. “It’s going good. The coaching staff was messed up a little bit earlier on and now they’ve got coach Helton as the head coach. Coach Martin is moving to offensive coordinator and still receivers coach, so it’s starting to look good again.”
Even so, Sidney thinks taking a quick look around might be beneficial.
“It’s like a double check and I haven’t been anywhere outside of California,” he said. “I want to go and look.”