4-Star 2018 RB Jaelen Gill Sees UCLA And USC

Apr. 1 -- 2018 running back Jaelen Gill spent this week in California visiting UCLA and USC, and the four-star recruit came away impressed by what he saw...

Westerville South running back Jaelen Gill is the top 2018 prospect in Ohio, and the four-star recruit has already put together an impressive offer list. 

Gill spent this past week in California with his father, and he visited both UCLA  and USC. While he was previously offered by UCLA, he picked up the USC offer on his visit. 


"I had a great time in California this week, and it was amazing visiting UCLA and USC," Gill stated. "We went to UCLA first and it was beautiful. I was there for a practice and spoke with the coaches, who were great people."

"They were excited to have me, and we've been talking about me visiting for a while now," he added. "The coaches said I was a lot bigger than they thought I would be, and they told me I would fit in perfectly to their offense. I would say I liked everything about the school." 

"UCLA is a school I'm going to consider very highly going forward, and I can't wait to come back again," he continued. "Their academic program is unbelievable, and that meant a lot to my dad as well. They didn't pressure me at all, but said they're going to recruit me hard going forward." 

Gill visited USC Thursday and was offered by Trojan head coach Clay Helton. 

"Getting offered by USC meant a lot to me, and I loved being on their campus," Gill said. "My dad and I just started talking with them recently. We got there a few hours before practice and took a tour of campus, which was beautiful." 

"It was great seeing everyone at USC, especially since we are just starting to build a relationship and they're a very new school for me," he stressed. "USC was different than UCLA, but at the same time there were similarities, especially both offer great academic opportunities." 

"I know what a degree from USC would mean to me, along with the people I would meet from going to school out here for four years," he explained. "USC has given me something to think about, even though I'm still only a high school sophomore." 

So where does Gill go from here in regards to being recruited further by both schools? 

"My parents are giving me their full support in picking the school I feel is best, and that's why they paid for this trip," Gill noted. "The distance from home is not going to be a problem, because I'm looking at this decision as something that will impact the rest of my life." 

"I'm serious about both schools and this wasn't a vacation for me," he said. "I know some players take official visits as seniors to schools they might not really be interested in, but seeing UCLA and USC was a business trip for me and my dad." 

In addition to UCLA and USC, Gill also holds offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and others.

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