Darnold closing in on a decision

San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Sam Darnold is done with unofficial visits and could make his decision in the next couple of weeks.

Sam Darnold finished off his spring unofficial visits over the weekend with a trip to Oregon. He had earlier visited Northwestern, Duke and Tennessee and could be closing in on a decision.

The big news on Darnold during the trip was an offer from USC on Saturday while he was still up at Oregon. The signal caller had camped with the Trojans a week earlier and we had heard it was all but a done deal he would land an offer once long time commit David Sills de-committed, which also happened on Saturday.

Following camping at USC, Darnold talked about how huge an offer from the Trojans would be for him.

"That's the school I grew up rooting for," Darnold said. "I can't even tell you how many games I've watched at the Coliseum and I think I would have the opportunity to come in and compete for playing time pretty early as well."

We heard Darnold loved his visit to Oregon and although an upcoming commitment from Travis Waller seems imminent, the Ducks plan to take two quarterbacks in this class and have made that clear to Darnold.

"I don't have a set timeframe for when I'll decide, I'll probably take the next couple of weeks," Darnold said. "Right now, I'm preparing for the Elite 11 and The Opening and will be flying out this weekend. I know I have a lot to think about and I'm not going to rush this."

At this point in his recruitment, it appears three schools have the best shot to land Darnold. Oregon, who just offered earlier this month, USC and long time favorite Utah.

Some may discount Utah a bit in this one but they have been on Darnold longer than anyone and were his first offer back when he was just a sophomore. He called the Utes his leader as recently as two weeks ago but also prefaced it by saying that could change depending on his upcoming visits and new offers, namely, Oregon and USC.

Darnold only played in three games as a junior after breaking his foot. He had a great spring and really impressed at the Oakland Elite 11 in May, where he locked in his spot for the Elite 11 Finals. He's a big, strong kid, all of 6-foot-4, 210 pounds but is more athletic than given credit for and was his league's Player of the Year in basketball as a sophomore.

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