Marquel Dismuke Always Wanted to Go to USC

Four-star safety Marquel Dismuke, now on his third high school in three years at Calabasas (Calif.), has always wanted to go to USC after growing up nearby.

Family comes first. Even when you are on an unofficial visit to a school you’ve always been interested in. That’s why Marquel Dismuke, a four-star safety from Calabasas (Calif.), cut short his visit to the Trojans’ Elite Junior Day. Dismuke said he had to leave early to go help his little sister celebrate her birthday.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound defensive back missed out on the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with members of the USC coaching staff, but he did get the chance to check out the campus and came away impressed. What stood out to Dismuke the most on the trip?

“The facilities. I didn’t know it was that beautiful,” he said.

Dismuke is the No. 189 overall 2016 recruit and the No. 3 safety in the West with scholarship offers from Arizona State, Cal, Michigan and Mississippi State, but he wasn’t expecting an invitation to the Elite Junior Day event.

“It was a surprise really because I didn’t know I was that recognized,” said Dismuke, who said he’d love to play at USC. “It would be great because right around the corner is where I was raised and I always wanted to go to USC.”

After the short trip to USC, Dismuke said that he wants to try to take a couple more unofficial visits in the next few months leading into the summer. However, he has yet to pick any particular places out choosing instead to “figure that out along the way.”

While keeping his college options open, the hard-hitting safety is working on preparations for next season with Calabasas High where he just enrolled this semester. Calabasas is Dismuke’s third stop in as many years after playing his sophomore season for Carson (Calif.) and last year at Compton (Calif.) Dominguez.

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