Big offer for Vereen

Shane Vereen (6-0, 175) from Valencia (CA) High said he recently received a scholarship offer from USC. The offer from the Trojans will provide Vereen the opportunity to stay close to home, but he'll take a couple more unofficial visits over the summer.

Vereen said the schools he's considering are UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford, Colorado, BYU and Oregon.

"I've already visited Stanford, Cal, USC, UCLA and Oregon," Vereen said. "I'll probably visit a few more schools this summer, but I'm not sure where right now. I'll probably decide in three or four weeks."

Vereen claims he doesn't have a favorite and he's considering all of the schools he's looking at evenly.

"I'm evaluating each school as a whole," Vereen said. "Each school has something special to offer and the school I feel is the best fit, is where I'll end up."

We could find out where Vereen will play his college ball before the season begins.

"There's a possibility I could take some official visits, but I would like to make my decision before that," Vereen said. "It just depends on how things go and how the recruiting process fares for me."

Normally when prospects mention committing early, they have a few schools expressing higher interest than others, but that's not the case with Vereen.

"There certain schools I can keep in contact easier because I'm closer to them in a way, but I don't think any school is recruiting me harder than the others," Vereen said. "I talk to DeWayne Walker from UCLA, Coach (Steve) Sarkisian from USC and I talk to all the coaches recruiting our area."

Last season Vereen rushed for 1,638 yards on 169 carries, scoring 28 touchdowns. He also had 52 receptions for 898 yards and seven more touchdowns through the air. As a cornerback, he had 43 tackles and three interceptions.

Vereen was asked if he preferred offense or defense, and which position he was being recruited for.

"I'd feel more comfortable as a running back, but I wouldn't mind playing on the other side of the ball," Vereen said. "UCLA is the only school recruiting me primarily as a cornerback and all of the other schools are recruiting me as a running back. However, I could make a switch wherever I end up."

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