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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Watch List ATH Quick talks USC

By Blair Angulo

LOS ANGELES -- The list is subject to change, but ESPN Watch List athlete Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) has a top five following his weekend trip to Los Angeles for USC’s junior day.

The two-way standout landed a USC scholarship offer on Sunday, which quickly catapulted the Trojans into his top five.

Michiah Quick
Michiah Quick added an offer from USC during junior day, and the ESPN Watch List member immediately put the Trojans in his top five.
“USC is definitely in there,” Quick said. “I’d say the Oklahoma Sooners are in there. The Oregon Ducks and Notre Dame, for sure. And Alabama. That’s my top five right now.”

While high school teammate Tashon Smallwood -- a 6-foot, 270-pound defensive tackle -- committed to the Trojans shortly after receiving an offer Sunday, Quick wasn’t ready to do the same.

“I'm happy for him,” Quick said. “I’m happy that he knows what he wants to do. I know why he made the decision, since we talked to some of the players and we saw everything together out here. I’m proud of him and happy for him. It’s a pretty big deal. ... USC is definitely one of my favorites. The coaches, without them, I wouldn’t recruited by USC, so that would be my main reason why I have them in favor.”

Quick and Smallwood unofficially visited USC for the Oregon game last fall, but this time were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the campus.

“It was pretty cool,” Quick said. “We spent a lot of time out here. We chilled and listened to what the coaches had to say and looked at their facilities. Everything is real nice. It feels good to know that I can be a part of this tradition and be a part of this program. I’m thankful for the opportunity and thankful to coach (Ed) Orgeron, who is recruiting me. Coach O and I joke around a lot. We’re getting to know each other a lot more; it’s getting to be like a player-coach relationship, for sure. All the coaches were great. They had no problem talking and no problem communicating with us. It’s a great group of men.”

Quick has no timeline for a decision, but USC figures to be in the mix through the process.

“I have to take it all in,” he said. “I’ve got to sit down and talk things through with my coaches and my parents. I’ll make a decision when I’m ready and when everything feels right.”