Troy to visit Troy

USC did not have room in the class of 2014 to sign Fred Warner, but the Trojans aren't going to make the mistake with his brother in the class of 2016.

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills four-star safety Troy Warner may not know a lot about the coaching staff he plays for in 2016.

The current BYU commit received a scholarship offer from USC Wednesday night. That news was long awaited as the Trojans had been hinting at a scholarship offer before Steve Sarkisian was fired as head coach from USC in October.

Wednesday, USC recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon called Warner with the news.

“I think this past week or two, I started to sense they were getting more serious,” said Warner. “Tonight was when I got the call saying I had the scholarship from USC.

“Coach Sirmon just told me that he saw that I had a terrific senior season and wants to get me up for a visit. He said he loved the way I played this year and that’s when he offered.”

Sirmon, who is one of four full-time assistants still on staff at USC after new head coach Clay Helton dismissed four other assistant coaches Sunday, is recruiting Warner without a defensive backs coach or defensive coordinator in place.

“I’m going to take an official visit this weekend and see what they have to offer,” said Warner. “I don’t really have any answers for who the defensive backs coach or defensive coordinator will be.

“After the trip I should have more clarification on that. Coach Sirmon didn’t give me any information on what coaches they’re looking at.

“The coaches they hire isn’t my biggest thing, but I definitely want to have a connection with my defensive backs and defensive coordinator coach. I think having a connection is important.”

Warner plans to graduate from Mission Hills this month and enroll at his college of choice in January. That leaves him a little more than three weeks to come to a decision. Unfortunately, Warner, who remains committed to BYU, is now weighing two colleges that don’t have full coaching staffs in place.

“I want to see the academic side of USC,” said Warner. “I also want to get a feel for the players that are around. I want to see what they’re like and how comfortable I am at USC.

“I need to know if I’m more comfortable there than I am at BYU because I’m definitely on board with BYU. My comfort level is good there.”

But like USC, BYU remains without a solidified coaching staff.

“Yeah, I don’t know their coaching situation either,” said Warner. “I’m just going with the flow and receiving the information that is given to me.”

For Warner, it emphasizes the reasons for choosing a school for academics, environment, location and tradition instead of its coaches.

“I don’t know about any more in-home visits,” said Warner. “I have USC this weekend and then I just go from there.”

The recruiting dead period will follow the week after Warner’s trip to USC, which is something he looks forward to.

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