Brandon Huffman

USC recruiting Daevon Viligant

With the de-commitment of four-star athlete Melquise Stovall this summer, USC continues to evaluate its options at running back for the class of 2016.

Downey (Calif.) running back Daevon Vigilant has scholarship offers from Michigan, Utah, Colorado and others, but the three-star prospect has been mentioned much with USC.

With that said, one look at his junior highlight film, and it’s clear Vigilant has the potential to be a highly sought after recruit by the time his senior season concludes.

This season, Vigilant has 580-yards and eight touchdowns on just 69 rushing attempts. As a junior, Vigilant ran for 1,873-yards and 12 scores.

Saturday, Vigilant made it down to USC as an unofficial visitor for the Trojans loss to Stanford.

“It was a good trip and i enjoyed it,” said Vigilant. “I went to a couple of games last year, so it wasn’t my first visit.

“I live in L.A. so that’s my home school. I love SC, and you can’t go wring with them. Their run game is always going to be strong.

“I’ve been talking with (USC) on and off, so I’m really just waiting to see if they offer. They’ve been talking to my coach about it, but that’s really the last thing I heard.”

In a high scoring affair, which surprised the media talking heads, both USC and Stanford run offenses that appeal to running backs.

“I think I could be used at running back and receiver at USC,” said Vigilant. “The coaches have talked about me playing in the slot in addition to running the ball.

“They have Dominic Davis there, and we’re actually friends. The coaches think I can be a guy like that.”

With several other colleges pushing hard for Vigilant, he has two official visits in mind.

“I want to shut down my recruitment in January,” said Vigilant. “Right now, I have two visits set up. I have Nevada for Oct. 10 and Michigan the week they play Ohio State.

“I want to see how the offensive lines and run game are used. It will be a chance to see something away from L.A. too.”

While USC has yet to offer Vigilant a scholarship, his familiarity with the school is a big plus for the Trojans if they decided to go all-in on his recruitment.

“The business school they have at USC is wonderful,” said Vigilant. “I also like the coaches, and it’s the local school so I’ve watched them play since I was little.”

USC has played all three of the freshmen tailbacks they signed in 2015. The impacts of Ronald JonesAca'cedric Ware and Dominic Davis also a factor in USC’s recruitment of Vigilant.

“That’s a positive thing,” said Vigilant. “That’s good to see as a young running back, and it’s always good to be able to compete. I’m close to DoMo (Dominica Davis), so yeah.” Top Stories