Southern Miss continues to hit the recruiting trail hard, and they've been the first to offer talented prospects in many cases.
Such is true of Russellville (AL) OT/DE Austin Stidham (6'5, 255).
That first offer came from Coach Woz for Stidham, and it has certainly made an impact on the talented lineman.
"It was just a huge blessing for me to hear Coach Wozniak tell me that USM was offering," Stidham told GoldenEaglePride.com.
"They were of course my first offer and to be given that offer really helped me to see that a lot of hard work that I have put into this sport is starting to pay off."
Stidham took a visit to practice last Thursday on campus.
"I attended practice and we were able to tour the facilities," he said.
"I love the campus, it is very beautiful and really it feels like home. I like the size of the campus and the facilities are just really nice. The field looks great, too."
Right now, Stidham told us he's hearing from Ole Miss, UAB, Samford, Troy, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Vanderbilt, Duke, and he says he has talked with Auburn some too. Southern Miss is his only offer, but that is sure to change through the recruiting period.