Wilson contemplates USC offer

Valencia four-star linebacker JayJay Wilson had a good idea of how his recruitment might play out as National Signing Day approached. Now Wilson says he has no idea about what his next move will be.

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 for me.”

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 coaches.”

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