San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills four-star safety Troy Warner made a sudden official visit to USC Friday after the Trojans offered him a scholarship last week.
Currently committed to BYU, the trip to USC this weekend did impact his recruitment.
“The visit was phenomenal,” said Warner. “It was everything I thought it would be and more. I have lots to think about, but I’m still committed to BYU.”
Warner was hosted on his trip to use by Trojan freshman safety Marvell Tell. While Warner wears No. 7 for Mission Hills, Tell wears No. 7 for USC.
“I was hosted by Marvell and spent some time with Juju [Smith] too,” said Warner. “Marvell wears No. 7, but I’d have no problem changing numbers if I went to USC.”
Warner has played safety and cornerback at the high school level and his versatility is what USC covets.
“They said they’d play me wherever they needed me,” said Warner. “I think I’d probably play safety.”
Warner will graduate from Mission Hills this month and then enroll at his college of choice in January. While his bother Fred attends BYU, USC’s location and degree are both selling points for the Trojans.
“If you get a degree from USC, you’re set for life,” said Warner.
USC has yet to announce the hiring of a new defensive backs coach or defensive coordinator since Clay Helton fired four assistant coaches last weekend. Warner came away from the visit no wiser as to who would be coaching his position at USC either.
“Coach Helton just said he would love to have me at USC and that he believes I am the right fit for the Trojans,” said Warner.
Warner now returns home and mulls over his options, with plans to unwrap his final decision on a school by Christmas.
"I think I should know for sure where I'm headed by then," said Warner.