Wadood picks up Trojan offer

2014 Bellflower (Calif.) Bosco defensive back Jaleel Wadood was hoping the third time camping at USC would be the charm... a day later, he finds out - it was.

A day after camping at USC and just hours after explaining his disappointment to FOX Sports NEXT about not picking up an offer from the Trojans, USC has now offered 2014 Bellflower (Calif.) Bosco defensive back Jaleel Wadood.

"My [high school] coach told me to call Tee Martin," Wadood told FOX Sports NEXT after receiving the offer. "I called and he put me on the phone with coach [Lane] Kiffin."

Wadood mentioned earlier in the day that Kiffin didn't speak much with him after camp - leading Wadood to believe 'SC wasn't all that interested - but in actuality, it was more of a misunderstanding.

It wasn't that Kiffin wasn't interested in Wadood's talents, but rather had to rush to his child's birthday party after camp.

On the phone Monday Kiffin told Wadood he liked the way he played at camp on Sunday, according to Wadood, it was the performance that led to the offer.

"This is a big time offer," Wadood said.

A Southern California native, Wadood says he's always been a fan of the team in his backyard, "USC was the school I loved," he said.

Wadood says he likes that he'd have a shot to play early for the Trojans, knowing defensive back -- specifically corner, is an area of concern for the team. "I think its a great opportunity," he said. "That's what separates them from other schools who have offered me. I'd like to go in and play right away."

The four-star cornerback says he'd also have a shot to compete on special teams as a returner. "I think that's great," Wadood said. "It keeps me playing on both sides of the ball. I like having the ball in my hands and being a playmaker. I want the ball in my hands, even though I'm mostly on the defensive side."

For now, Wadood remains a verbal commit to Arizona State, but says he's serious about other teams who have offered him. He says he plans to take all five of his official visits. He isn't naming who is getting those five for now, but as far as USC goes? "I can go up to USC any time since I live right here."

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