SC No. 1 in Keyshon's Camp

Lakeland (Fla.) defensive tackle Keyshon Camp has scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Miami, Michigan and several other schools, but his eye remains fixed on the West Coast.

Lakeland (Fla.) Gibson defensive tackle Keyshon Camp recently names USC his favorite college choice, and while things change daily in recruiting, it doesn’t appear the four-star standout is backing off that statement anytime soon.

“Once USC started contacting me and talked to Coach (Chris) Wilson, I started to do more research on them,” said Camp. “I liked what I saw from their defensive line, and really their whole defensive front.

“I saw how they moved Leonard (Williams) around. He’s 6-foot-4, 310 and I’m 6-foot-4, 270, so I can see that being out there.

“We used to play Mainland High school (William’s alma mater) almost everything year in the playoffs. So I knew about him and used to watch him at USC. That Western time makes a little late for us here on the East Coast. They’ll play at 7:00 p.m. and it will be 10:00 p.m. out here, but I always made sure to watch the highlights.”

When USC offered Camp a scholarship a month ago, the news left him somewhat speechless.

“I couldn’t believe USC offered me,” said Camp. “They’re all of the way over there on the West Coast and I’m all of the way over here in Florida. I didn’t think my name would travel that far.

“After they saw my film, they offered me and it was just… overwhelming. It was overwhelming when coach said they’ve been knowing about me.”

USC has established a solid pipeline into Florida over the last 10 years, and the Trojans now look to the central part of the state to secure a signature from Camp.

“What makes USC my leader is that I have a good relationship with Coach Wilson and they always stay up with me,” said Camp. “I feel like Southern California is right in Tampa or Orlando.

“They contact me and check up on me all of the time like they were here in Lakeland with me. The coaches ask about my family and stuff like that… we just have a good relationship. They’re my No. 1 because I haven’t had that from other schools.

“I was committed to Miami, but you know, they didn’t really jump on me like that until after I de-committed. So for USC to recruit me like this, it makes me feel like that’s where I want to be.”

But before making any hasty decision about a commitment, Camp will unofficially visit USC for the Rising Stars Camp.

“Everything is getting booked next week,” said Camp. “I’ll be there for the 24th for sure.”

That visit will be important for Camp for many reasons. Beyond football, Camp has never been west of the Mississippi.

“I want to see how USC is as a team — is it a well rounded team,” said Camp. “I want to see how the coaches interact with the players.

“I also want to see what the players life is like when they’re not in football. When they’re in the classroom and when they’re not. How are things when it’s just the boys hanging out together?”

Since a good showing at The Opening Regional in Orlando (Fla.) last month, Camp has become a much more coveted prospects in the Southeast, with schools like UCLA coming in recently to offer him scholarships.

“The upside of it that I can go anywhere I want,” said Camp. “I have a choice where I can pick the school what school I want to go to and don’t have to go somewhere because it’s the only school I can go to.

“The down side is, sometimes you get looked at the wrong way. I’m not a cocky person, but people see that you have offers and it automatically boosts their head up.

“They look at you and it’s like, ‘Oh, you’re Mr. Four Star recruit… Mr. USC, Mr. Alabama…’ But it’s not really like that. I’m out here playing and just blessed with the size and ability to have these offers.

“I don’t look down on anyone because they don’t have offers. It’s all up to the man up stairs. He has a plan for everybody.”

While in Los Angeles to unofficially visit USC, Camp will also try to make a trip to Westwood to unofficially visit UCLA.

“I want to see the atmosphere over there,” said Camp. “I know they have a little rivalry over there with USC, so I kind of want to see that too.”

At this point, Camp has no plans to narrow down a list of favorite schools. However, he has already penciled in four probably official visits.

“I’m keeping my option open until I start taking visits during the season,” said Camp. “I want to visit Alabama, UCLA, USC and Kentucky.”

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