A.J. gets offer from SC

USC landed Leonard Williams and Quinton Powell out of Mainland High School in consecutive years, but with A.J. Westbrook committed to Florida State, the Trojans may have their greatest challenge yet in recruiting Daytona Beach.

Daytona Beach (Fla.) safety Arthur Westbrook (A.J.) only knows USC from afar.

As a commit to Florida State, Westbrook knows about USC through former Mainland High School stars.

“They offered me the other week,” said Westbrook. “They just want to get me out there to see my former players from Mainland. The coaches just want me to look around because they say it’s right in the middle of downtown L.A.”

Daytona Beach is a tourist destination for many on spring break, but USC has used the city to build its football roster with some diamonds in the rough.

While Leonard Williams and Quinton Powell were both rated as four-star players by most publications coming out of high school, neither was considered among the top players in their state let alone the Southeast.

Both players played as true freshman at USC, with Williams developing into a first round pick.

“I’ve also got my former coach (Keynodo Hudson) is out there and he coached me as a freshman,” said Westbrook. “That plays a big role and then you have the players from Mainland there.

“I still talk to Quinton about it.”

While Powell isn’t necessarily recruiting Westbrook to USC, he has nothing but positives to say about the school.

“He says it’s fun up there and that practice is hectic, but you always have fun,” said Westbrook. “He says he just likes the school.”

However, Westbrook remains committed to Florida State and his bond with the Seminoles staff is very strong.

“I really get along with the coaches,” said Westbrook. “I got along with Coach (Rick) Trickett from the first time I talked to him.

“Then when I went to camp (at FSU), I worked with Coach (Charles) Kelly for a while and I really liked his style of coaching. On top of all of that, Florida State just won a national championship.”

Every school in the country is chasing Florida State on the field, but in Westbrook’s recruitment, there are only two that have made a push for his interest.

“I’m still going to take my officials,” said Westbrook. “USF and USC are probably recruiting me the hardest. That’s really about it right now.”

Westbrook says he will take an official visit to USC, although no date for that trip has been set.

“The traveling part is no problem for me,” said Westbrook. “I really have to see how the team operates. I want to see how the coaches operate.”

USC is recruiting Westbrook as a defensive back, although his preference is to play safety specifically.

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