Print and Go Back ESPN.com: USC Trojans [Print without images]

Monday, November 19, 2012
USC offers juco CB Steven Nelson

By Blair Angulo

USC offered a scholarship to  junior college cornerback and recent Georgia decommit Steven Nelson (Warner Robins, Ga./College of the Sequoias), College of the Sequoias coach Robert Dougherty said Monday.

The USC coaching staff requested Nelson's academic transcripts and extended the offer Monday, an indication that the Trojans are preparing backup options in case a decommitment occurs down the road. USC has commitments from two four-star cornerbacks in the current class: No. 7-rated Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) and No. 11-rated Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga). Hawkins plans to enroll in January and Ramsey has official visits scheduled to Washington (Dec. 7) and Alabama (Jan. 11). Ramsey will take his trip to Los Angeles for the weekend of Jan. 18.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Nelson decommitted from Georgia last week. College of the Sequoias (Visalia, Calif.) defensive backs coach Fred Zepeda told ESPN's DawgNation that Nelson expressed serious interest in Oregon State since taking an official visit to Corvallis on Oct. 6.

"Steven is a very physical corner with great cover skills," Dougherty said. "He's one of the hardest working players we have. He's a good kid."

USC also planned to drop by Los Angeles Salesian High School on Monday afternoon to meet with UCLA cornerback commit Jermaine Kelly. An offer to Kelly, who was at the Rose Bowl on Saturday for the Trojans' 38-28 loss to rival UCLA, would not come as a surprise, a Salesian assistant coach said.