Gerard Martinez

Four-star WR Isaah Crocker reveals top eight with USC

Four-star wide receiver Isaah Crocker lets his top eight schools be known after a commitment catches him off guard. USC and its rivals UCLA and Notre Dame make the list as do the Civil War rivals, Oregon and Oregon State.

Isaah Crocker thought that he and three-star tight end Spencer Webb were going to be a package deal, a pair of athletes determined to play together at the collegiate level. But then on Saturday, Webb announced a commitment.

"I said that me and Spencer were a dual pack and he like randomly committed to Oregon. That was new to me. Now I’m excited for him,” Crocker said on Sunday. “I’m open. I’m 100 percent open. I’m not going to stick with one school.”

The next night, Crocker put out his own list of top schools that he has interest in:

Crocker is keeping the option of playing with Webb open as well as reuniting with former Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum teammates Trajon Cotton at Oregon State or Josh Falo in Los Angeles at USC

The four-star receiver also had the Trojans’ two rivals, UCLA and Notre Dame, as well as Nebraska, Cal and Utah in his top eight.

Crocker was in Southern California over the weekend for Passing Down’s Best of the West 7-on-7 tournament. He thought he was going to get a chance to take an unofficial visit to USC, but his group decided to attend the UCLA spring game instead. He talked with the Bruins new receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty.

"Coach JD was hitting me up after the game and stuff,” Crocker said. “He gave me a card and everything. He said he was going to try to get me in the mix. Hopefully, that works out.”

The 6-foot-1, 175 pounder also used the same terminology for the Trojans. Unlike some other recruits, Crocker is cognizant of the ebbs and flows of a recruiting cycle.

"It’s fine. You know how it is. They talk to you for a minute. Then they don’t because they have other people to go on to,” he said. “It’s just the recruiting process. Everybody knows that. I give them their time. They say they’ll give me my time and stuff. That’s good.”

With a talent-rich Southern California, Crocker isn’t making a big deal about not hearing from USC every day. 

“I don’t blame them. They have a lot of talent down there. Hopefully, they can get me back in the mix. I know they have other people on the line.”

There is still mutual interest as Crocker continues to show out in every 7-on-7 tournament he participates. Along with his Inderkum connection with Falo, Crocker saw the Trojans have another first round pick in Adoree’ Jackson and the potential of the current roster.

"They’re a top tier team in the Pac-12. No doubt they’re going to be one of the top Pac-12 teams out.”

Crocker doesn’t currently have any summer trips planned, but several schools continue to reach out to him. He said the schools recruiting him hardest are the Oregon schools, California, Notre Dame and Nebraska. He also recently picked up offers from Arizona and San Jose State and expects to see a lot of schools to stop by Inderkum’s upcoming spring practices.

Here's Isaah Crocker highlights from a 7-on-7 tournament earlier this spring:

USC recruiting analyst Gerard Martinez contributed to this story.

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