Valencia (Calif.) four-star linebacker JayJay Wilson has battled through injuries to earn multiple scholarship offers from Pac-12 schools.
Friday, he added a scholarship offer from USC to this list. It’s a
scholarship offer he began working for when he went to the Trojans
summer camp in June and won MVP.
“I was more than happy to get the offer," Wilson said. "Growing up in California and watching Reggie Bush and now watching Adoree' Jackson, it's cool to get an offer from a California school, especially SC after growing up and everyone looking up to them if you're from California. It was an honor.”
Wilson plays all over the field for Valencia, and at this point, the USC coaches are
recruiting him as a jumbo athlete.
“When they talk to me about positions, the
offensive coaches like me as something like a tight end or a slot type of guy,” said Wilson. “But
then talking to the defensive coordinator (Justin Wilcox), they like me as a
linebacker. I don’t know exactly what position I'll play. Only time will tell.”
Wilson just returned from an official visit from Arizona State. His
plan was to narrow his choices to three and move on from there. Those
plans have since changed with USC in pursuit.
“It makes me sort of rethink things,” said Wilson. “I had basically
narrowed it down to out of state schools, but now I have to sit down
with my dad and talk things over and talk to all the coaches. I have to find the best fit
Although USC has become a factor in his recruitment, it is doubtful he
will officially visit the Trojans before signing day.
“I’ve been there a few times before, so I may not take an official
visit there,” said Wilson. “I was thinking I’d go to Colorado and I’ve been
talking to Ole Miss as well.
“I already visited Utah and now Arizona State, so it would be nice to
take another visit before I decide, but I’m not sure.”
In terms of when Wilson wants to commit, that remains open ended as well.
“It had planned for national signing day, but with all of these schools coming
in late, it’s hard to just throw some of these schools aside,” said Wilson. “I need to
sit down with my dad and talk it over with him.”
Wilson’s interest in USC has a lot to do with the Trojans coaching
staff. Recruited by tight ends coach and area recruiter Marques Tuiasosopo, Wilson has seen the USC coaches work up close.
“All of the coaches get along with their players and it’s like a family
environment, which is good to see,” said Wilson. “All the coaches are very active with the players. They're not just coaching, but thy're also being there for the players and talking with them and joking around. When you talk with
the players, it’s cool to see they have a good relationship with the
Wilson contemplates USC offer
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