Trojans seeing Redd

Jaylon Redd had scholarship offers from Colorado, Washington, Arizona State and UCLA coming into the spring. Now the 5-foot-9, 170-pound sophomore standout has another local option to choose from.

USC made a big splash in the class of 2017 Saturday offering scholarships to a handful of players. Almost all of those scholarships went to offensive skill players, but Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) sophomore Jaylon Redd received his scholarship for offense, defensive and special teams.

“I went to their junior day a few months ago, and at that point the coaches said they wanted to see me at one of my spring practices,” said Redd. “Yesterday at school, my coach told me USC wanted me to come up for their own spring practice.

“Coach Sark wanted to talk to me, so I went up to practice today and met with him. First I met with the defensive backs coach, (Keith) Heyward after practice. We went upstairs to the coaches offices and then found Coach Sark. I went into his office hoping I would get the offer and I did.

“Man, that was such a great feeling. I have offers from both of the L.A. schools, so it’s a great feeling. I’m just blessed. I don’t think I would get the offer from SC, to be honest with you.”

In addition to starring for Rancho Cucamonga High School in the fall, Redd trains with Chris Claiborne’s club passing league team Frat Boys Gold in the off season.

Claiborne, a Butkus Award winner and former Trojan linebacker, doesn’t get involved in the recruiting process with his players, but his exploits in college and the NFL still hold weight to Redd.

“My mentor, Chris Claiborne, went to USC, so I know a lot about the school,” said Redd. “But even before that, I knew a lot of USC. I went to Carson, so I know Darreus Rogers, Robert Woods, Adoree Jackson… I’ve trained with all of those guys.

“I’m real comfortable and familiar with that situation at USC already. I like the coaches at USC, I like the uptempo offense they run. I like the intensity of the practices. Going up there today, I liked the whole environment at USC.

“But I’m still looking at all of my options. I’m looking at SC as my high school career moves forward, but I’m talking my time.”

Redd plays running back and cornerback for Rancho Cucamonga. Saturday’s scholarship offer from USC came as an athlete.

“They offered me as… everything,” said Redd. “Running back, kick returner, defensive back… they like my speed and ability to do different things - even on special teams.”

That would put Redd in the category of a utility player; a position USC featured with the exploits of Adoree Jackson in 2014.

“He’s explosive and makes plays with the ball in his ands,” said Redd. “His speed and everything, it’s what I like to do. Put the ball in my hand and I can make plays.”

Redd has no time frame for when he would like to make a commitment, although he acknowledges his satisfaction with the option of now being able to go to UCLA or USC.

“I really don’t know when I’ll commit or even when I want to,” said Redd. “It’s still early for me, so I’m just taking things how they come.”

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