B2G ELITE: Fagan feeling out USC

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Although USC was quick to offer 2017 safety Cyrus Fagan a scholarship, the Trojans are playing from behind in his recruitment this summer.

Calling it a pipeline would be inaccurate, but USC has had a high rate of success recruiting Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland High School in recent years.

Both former defensive tackle and first round pick Leonard Williams and current junior linebacker Quentin Powell are Buccaneer alums. USC would like to follow up in 2017 with four-star safe Cyrus Fagan.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound rising junior made out to Southern California for the B2G Elite Camp to see what the hype was all about.

“It was a long trip, but it was very comfortable,” said Fagan. “B2G treated me well by flying me up here.

“It’s beautiful though - the sky is shining… the grass is green.”

Fagan became one of the first players in the class of 2017 to receiver a scholarship offer from USC.

“I think we were during spring, and my coach had spoken to Coach (Keynodo) Hudson at USC,” said Fagan. “I ended up talking to the (defensive backs) coach (Keith Heyward) and he said I got an offer from USC.

“I was like, “That’s great,” because I’ve seen Leonard Williams, and what he did, now he’s doing big in the NFL with the Jets… That could be me one day.”

Fagan’s trip out West was important for several reasons. First, he had an opportunity to perform against some of the best athletes in the region. Second, he received top flight instruction for the B2G Camp staff, including former B2G trained athletes like Iman Marshall.

But Fagan’s trip to Southern California also gave him a feel for life away from South Florida.

“[It’s a big deal] because I’m guessing it’s never cold here,” said Fagan. “I like the heat, so I can always work out and do what I like to do.

“I’m supposed to visit USC and I heard they have a wonderful tradition. It’s very big, so I just want to go through their tradition and see how it is.”

However, with scholarship offers from several other programs in the Southeast, USC will have their work cut out for them in recruiting Fagan west.

“I like Florida State, Alabama, Miami, and Clemson… USC could be around that area,” said Fagan.

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