Nolan Brewster (6-2, 195) is one of the top safety prospects in the 2008 class and Brewster said USC offered him a scholarship on March 9. Previous to USC offering a scholarship, Brewster had narrowed his list of schools he was considering to two. But now there are three schools he's seriously considering and he'll unofficially visit each one during the spring and summer months.
"I'm going to take unofficial visits to Florida and Texas," Brewster said. "I'm going to Florida on March 22 and I'll go to Texas, shortly after. Then there's USC. I don't have a date set for that visit, but I'll definitely get out there either this spring or summer."
Having lived in California while his father was the tight ends coach for the Chargers from 2002-2004, Brewster witnessed the resurgence of the Trojan football program.
"I used to live in San Diego and I would watch their games a lot," Brewster said. "I've never seen one in the Coliseum, but I've been up to their campus and checked it all out—so I know it's a great place."
One interesting wrinkle in the Brewster sweepstakes is Mullen teammate Bryce Givens, and his high interest in the same schools as Brewster. Givens and Brewster would like to attend the same school, but Givens doesn't hold an offer from USC, Texas or Florida.
"I would say we're best friends, and to go to the same school would be awesome," Brewster said. "If that doesn't work out, that would be okay. If we're interested in the same school, both of us going there will probably happen."
Givens added his thoughts on what an offer from USC would mean.
"Nolan and I are really good buddies and if SC offers me, they definitely go up the ranks in his book, because we want to go to the same college," said the 6-7 and 270 pound offensive tackle. "Texas, Florida and USC are the schools I can see us going to. You can even narrow it down a little more for me and say my top two are USC, and Texas. I would probably be biased toward Southern Cal, just because I'm more of a California type of cat, but Texas would definitely be up there if SC wasn't in the picture."
Givens was asked why he was seriously considering USC, Texas and Florida.
"I know USC is a great program, great school and it's in L.A.," Givens said. "L.A. is a great location, Coach (Pete) Carroll is a great coach. I haven't really heard any negative things about Southern Cal.
"I love Mack Brown and the Texas coaching staff. They have a great tradition, fan support and it's like SC, just a different location.
"Florida actually just came into the picture. I talked to their o-line coach when they offered Nolan. With Coach (Urban) Meyer down there, that alone interested me—and them winning the national championship."
Coaches will hit the road recruiting about a month after the conclusion of spring practices, and USC is expected to visit Mullen some time in April.
"My coach told me they would be coming up in late April," Givens said. "They're going to come and talk to me and Nolan. I don't know what's in store offer wise with USC, but I definitely want to get out there at some point this summer."
Nolan Brewster's father, Tim, is the new head football coach at Minnesota and we had to ask if he could possibly end up a Golden Gopher.
"My dad wanted me up there, but he's 100% supportive of whatever my decision is," Brewster said. "I don't think Minnesota is going to be the place for me."