D'Anton Lynn (6-1, 180, 4.5) from Celina, TX, played only six games as a junior because of an ankle injury, so not many coaches saw him play last year. He also doesn't have an extensive video highlight package available, but that didn't stop Lynn from earning a scholarship offer from USC last Thursday (6/22). His performance at the Rising Stars Camp was all Pete Carroll had to see, before offering the talented defensive back a scholarship.
"The USC coaches had been in touch with me and said they had seen my film, but didn't have a chance to see me in the spring," Lynn said. "USC doesn't offer anyone until they see them in person, so that's why I went to the camp. It was the most intense camp I've been to. I was only there for the first day because I had to go to Penn State, but it was the most intense camp I've been to. I learned a lot of different techniques from jamming and a lot of stuff that's going to help me next year.
"After I left the UCLA visit on the 20th (June), I went to USC that night. I met the DB coach (Rocky Seto), I met Coach Carroll and I met my recruiting coordinator (Coach Norton). We sat and talked in his office for about half an hour. I talked to the DB coach for about half an hour and the next day at camp, I was talking to Coach Carroll all day. Then after the camp, we had a conversation, and that's when he (Coach Carroll) offered me."
While Lynn and his father spent some time on campus talking to the USC coaches, they didn't get a tour of the campus. So, Lynn said he hopes to come back to USC for another visit.
"I got to see UCLA's campus, but I didn't get to see USC," Lynn said. "I'm going to try and get back for another visit. They're (USC) one of my top schools right now, so I want to take everything in out there and take a look around the campus before I make my decision."
Lynn said USC, Arkansas, Louisville, Penn State, Texas Tech and UCLA are the schools he's considering. He didn't name a favorite school, but he did reveal what the deciding factor will be for his commitment.
"All of the schools I'm looking at offer a good education, so it's going to come down to which coaching staff I feel most comfortable with," Lynn said. "I really liked the USC coaches. At first it was a little weird because they're real intense, but I warmed up to them real fast and ended up feeling really comfortable. I really liked them, a lot.
"I like the UCLA coaching staff a lot, too. My dad is real good friends with Coach Dorrell, so I know I can trust him."
When asked if the distance from home would be a negative issue for USC and UCLA, Lynn said. "Distance isn't going to matter because I've moved around a lot. My dad (Anthony Lynn) is an NFL coach, so we moved about every two or three years. I was born in Texas, but I've lived in San Francisco, Colorado and Florida. My parents live in Texas, but I don't even know if they'll be living there next year (The Browns hired Anthony Lynn earlier this year)."
Lynn said he won't take any official visits and he'd like to announce his commitment the day before his senior season begins.