REDONDO, Calif. — Paraclete High School running back Melquise Stovall earned a scholarship offer from USC Saturday and backed up that honor with an Opening Regional MVP Sunday.
Stovall’s weekend was about as good as it gets for a Southern
California high school football player.
“Coach Tui(asosopo) has been on me for a while, so when I went up there
for the visit yesterday, I knew they liked me enough to offer me,” said
Stovall. “I wasn’t sure if they would offer, but throughout the day
watching practice I was getting little hints.
“Almost every coach came up to me and asked, ‘Hey, you talked to coach
Sark yet?’ Then I kind of knew it was coming.
“Coach Tui walked me up to the offices after practice. We waited on
coach Sark, and then he came in and actually started talking about how
they were renovating their practice field. You could see it from his
“We were just talking and then he said, ‘I really wanted to do this in
person. I’m offering you a scholarship to play at USC.’ That was
exciting. It’s a big offer. I called my brother and my mother to tell
them. They like USC, especially my brother, so it’s huge.”
Huge, but not quite enough to garner a commitment yet.
“It’s definitely going to be hard to choose with USC there, but I want
to take my time and think things through,” said Stovall. “I am trying
to graduate early, so I do want to get a decision over with as soon as
possible. I want to get a few visits in before a decision, so as soon
as I can do that, I’ll start scheduling trips so I can decide.”
Stovall liked what he saw from the Trojans offense Saturday, especially
with Steve Sarkisian’s implementation of the uptempo offense combine
with a pro-style scheme.
“It was definitely high energy at USC,” said Stovall. “I liked the fact
that they were playing music and going hard. Everything was well put
together and well organized. They had a great flow to practice.”
Besides the practice he saw Saturday, Stovall has several reasons to
“The exposure that USC gives you is great,” said Stovall. “I mean, it’s
USC. I also like the way they would use me as a player. Offensive and
special teams as a kick returner. They even talked to me about playing
“They really give their players the freedom to play anywhere. I spoke
to Keith Heyward and he said he’d love to give me a look at defense.”
Stovall is excited about USC, but there are other schools he still
wants to hear more from.
“Oregon, LSU, Baylor, TCU… schools like that,” said Stovall. “I
definitely feel like I fit in to what Oregon does offensively. I like
those teams with high tempo that can spread it out and play me in the
“I’ll definitely unofficially visit Oregon, and I also want to get tho
Washington too. I’ll be up at Cal and San Diego State. I want to visit
Miami too, but that might be an official.”
Running back MVP gets offer
USCFootball.com Top Stories
Utah Instant AnalysisKeely Eure and Dan Weber break down what went wrong for the Trojans in Salt Lake City. USC is now 1-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Pac-12.
USCFootball.comYesterday at 11:13 PM
Sam the man, if only USC was the team in SLCSam Darnold gave this USC team a big lift at Utah Friday, making the final fall that much more difficult to take. But just like last time here -- minus eight seconds.
USCFootball.comYesterday at 10:28 PM
Darnold's spark not enough in loss at UtahUSC blows a 24-10 lead at Utah in an eerily similar game to two years ago, despite the impressive performance of quarterback Sam Darnold in his first career start.
USCFootball.comYesterday at 10:17 PM
Live from the Press Box - USC vs. UtahOur Dan Weber is in Salt Lake City and will be providing live updates from Rice-Eccles Stadium as the Trojans take on the Utes.
USCFootball.comYesterday at 3:53 PM