After USC went into offensive coordinator Tee Martin’s hometown to offer Mobile (Ala.) St. Pauls Episcopal 2017 four-star defensive end Ryan Johnson early last month, it didn’t take the Trojans too long to find out St. Pauls Episcopal has some quality 2018 talent as well.
That’s why the USC coaching staff was back on the phone with St. Pauls Episcopal head coach Steve Mask last week to present another scholarship offer.
“They called my high school coach, Coach Mask, and they just told him the news,” four-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis said. “He called me in to his office and told me and my mom at the same time. We were blessed, very blessed and we’re just excited about the news.”
The 6-foot, 165-pound Armour-Davis previously had six offers — all from SEC schools — but the USC offer stood out to him.
“It was something that I’ve always looked forward to, so I am very excited and hope that I can find my way out to get out there in the summer and maybe take a visit to the school.”
He listed a lot of factors that stood out about USC.
“The tradition. They put out a lot of NFL players. It just seems like a great college to be around for four years and maybe staying in the city after college. It’s just a great destination for me I feel and also they have great academics. Those are things I’m looking into so USC may fit me.”
Armour-Davis has family on the West Coast and has traveled to Southern California before, but said he’s never actually been in Los Angeles. He sees the city as a big bonus that goes along with playing at USC. It’s one of the major attractions for him.
“Just the open variety in the cities. Just being free. It’s something I look forward to in my life after football.”
Armour-Davis has yet to speak directly with the USC coaching staff, but said he is looking forward to building a relationship with his fellow Mobile native, Martin. Even before receiving the offer, Armour-Davis already had an interest and had been looking at USC.
Just a current sophomore, Armour-Davis has a year and a half before his senior year. He is hoping to be able to attend one of USC’s summer camps this year. He doesn’t plan to make a college decision until at the earliest the beginning of his senior season. There is a long time remaining in his recruitment, but he expects the Trojans will be in consideration throughout the process.
“[The scholarship offer] was something I was really looking forward to and hoping I would get from USC,” he said. “Now it’s just seeing what goes on until my senior year, but they will definitely be one of my top schools.”