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
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
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
USC is recruiting Westbrook as a defensive back, although his
preference is to play safety specifically.
A.J. gets offer from SC
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