Cathedral’s Jamire Calvin is moving up recruiting boards all over the Western Region this spring, and after his unofficial visit to USC Saturday, the junior wide out may see his biggest move of the recruiting process to date.
“I spoke to with Tee Martin and the head coach [Clay Helton],” said Calvin. “Before I left campus Tee Martin told me he wanted me to be a Trojan.
“I’m going to give him a call tonight and we’ll see where things go from there.”
Before the trip, Calvin entertained the idea of committing to USC if a scholarship offer came forth. Now he’s not so sure.
“When I started getting all of this attention from schools, my first intention was to commit,” said Calvin. “Then I started talking things over with my mom, and I think it would be better to wait things out.
“But after I get an offer, USC would for sure be one of my top schools I’ll consider.”
For most recruits, Saturday’s event was their first opportunity to meet the Trojans new coaching staff. While Calvin has a longstanding relationship with USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, there was benefit in sitting down with him Saturday.
“I just wanted to see how the coaches were — how they interacted with me,” said Calvin. “It’s a new coaching staff, but Tee Martin is still there and I’ve known him since the ninth grade.
“We got to watch film and see some of the things they want to do on offense, and that was different. It’s fast and very uptempo. It seems like they want to spread the ball around more than they have these past few years. I feel it would be a good offense for any receiver looking at USC.
“The highlight of the day was sitting in position meetings and going over specific routes and technique. That was big because route running is very important for me. I like a school that takes that seriously. The technical side of route running interests me a lot.”
While USC’s offense may change to some extent next season, what the Trojans’ coaching staff likes about Calvin remains the same.
“They just talked about how they like my speed and what I can do with the ball in may hands after the catch,” said Calvin. “It’s pretty much the same thing most coaches like about me. They like my playmaking ability.”
USCFootball.com will have more on Jamire Calvin from the Los Angeles Opening Sunday.