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Salesian cornerback Deommodore Lenoir surprised by USC offer

Salesian cornerback Deommodore Lenoir grew up following USC, but he almost resigned himself to looking elsewhere for a coulee education.

Los Angeles (Calif.) four-star cornerback Deommodore Lenoir knows a lot about USC, but what he didn’t know was the Trojans’ plans to offer him a scholarship. 

Although Lenoir grew up a USC fan and lives just blocks away from the school, the Trojans have almost been an non-existent presence in his recruitment up until Wednesday. 

“There was no contact at all for the last… month or so,” said Lenoir. “Basically, Coach [Clay] Helton called me and told me I have been under evaluation for a long period of time. 

“He said he has known about me since he was the offensive coordinator there. He told me Coach Gavin [Morris] was really pushing for them to offer me. 

“He was saying I was a really good player and kept pushing my tape forward. Coach Helton finally watched it and decided he wanted to finally offer me.”

While Morris and Helton made the call to Lenoir Wednesday, defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford is his main recruiter. 

“I talked to Coach Bradford like three times since January,” said Lenoir. “Like once when he got the job in January. He came by my school, but he couldn’t really say much. 

“Then I met with him when I went up to USC unofficially. Since that visit, we’ve been talking a little bit on Twitter, but he didn’t say anything about an offer. It was a surprise to me.”

While USC hasn’t been a major player in Lenoir’s recruitment to this point, he does have his reason for considering the Trojans as a college option. 

“USC is like two minutes away from my house,” said Lenoir. “I could stay home and go to USC or I can travel out of state. 

“I’ve been wanting this offer. I’ve been telling everyone that I’ve been waiting on this offer, so it’s big for me personally. I can build a relationship with the new coaching staff. I actually just spoke to Coach [Tee] Martin who came by my school a few hours ago.”

Lenoir has months before having to decide on what schools he wishes to officially visit let alone commits to. 

Yet, in today’s world of scholarship offers going out to seventh graders and non-committed commitments, Lenoir says he is still curious about the timing of his scholarship offer from USC. 

“I really would like to know what the hold up with the offer,” said Lenoir. “That’s probably my biggest question with USC. 

“I also want to know what side of the ball they want me on. Coach Helton is an offensive guy, and he’s the one who offered me. I’m not really sure where they want me to play. They said they liked me, but we never got into what position they’re recruiting me at.”

These are questions Lenoir hopes to get answers for when he unofficially visits USC in two weeks. 

Lenoir is rated the nation’s No. 7 cornerback, but at last one school is recruiting him to play safety. 

“UCLA is recruiting me as a safety,” said Lenoir. “Safety is a lot easier to play, and I’m kind of leaning toward playing safety, but my heart is at corner. Right now, I’m kind of torn between the two.”

Lenoir attended the USC Rising Stars Camp last June and plans to return this June for the annual camp. He plans on making a decision on a college in late November or December. Top Stories