USC academics impress Dawkins at Junior Day

USC hosted a handful of top 2014 talent at its Junior Day on Sunday. Among the unofficial visitors was Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian four-star quarterback Brandon Dawkins.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Brandon Dawkins attended USC's Junior Day on Sunday and left with one very lasting impression. Scout.com's No. 9 quarterback in the 2014 class learned as a Trojan, he could potentially graduate with a USC degree in just three years.

"The tutoring and summer school program," Dawkins explained over the telephone Sunday, "it's amazing."

Clearly, Dawkins has dreams of the NFL -- transfixed on that three-year graduation mark in which he can then depart for the draft. But first things first for the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian four-star recruit -- deciding on a college.

Dawkins currently holds scholarship offers from Notre Dame and Utah. More are surely on the horizon.

While at the Trojans' Junior Day, Dawkins spent time talking with quarterback coach and newly appointed offensive coordinator Clay Helton, who provided the 6-foot-4 215-pound Dawkins some positive feedback.

"He told me I'm at the top of their radar for quarterbacks," Dawkins said. "They want me to come back on an unofficial and sit in on some college quarterback meetings."

Dawkins is also planning to attend camp at USC this summer. Still looking for a USC offer, he says he feels no rush to pick one up from the Trojans -- knowing that the offer process for the program is slower than most others because of reduced scholarship numbers.

Asked where USC falls in his list of favorites, Dawkins admits "they're up there."

"It's a local school," he said. "I would love it."

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