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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Brown, Marshall hope for USC offers

By Blair Angulo

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Erik Brown (Fontana, Calif./Summit) has been arguably the most impressive and consistent receiver in the 7-on-7 circuit this offseason, a promising development given the fact that he initially thought about focusing his efforts on track and field.

“To be 100 percent honest, my concentration this offseason was track,” Brown said. “My recruitment hadn’t taken off, even though I thought I was one of the best receivers in the area last year.”

Brown has since collected scholarship offers from Boise State, Fresno State, Houston, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA and Washington, with the Broncos, Bruins and Huskies pushing the hardest since the beginning.

It surely won’t end there for the 6-foot-2, 170-pound receiver, who has an inkling that nearby USC is close to extending an offer as well.

Lawrence Marshall
Even though he doesn't have an offer from the Trojans and has never been to Los Angeles, EPSN 150 DE Lawrence Marshall calls USC his "dream school."
“The assistant coach, James Cregg, came and saw me practice last week,” Brown said. “I was exaggerating my routes and doing everything perfect out there, so I’m hoping he liked what he saw. I wish I could have talked to him to know what I need to do to get the offer, but size and speed are what I’m selling right now. I think I’m really close. I thought an offer was going to come the night after he saw me practice. I think it’s close, though.”

Brown might be one of the leading candidates to bag an offer at the Rising Stars Camp in June, joining a talented group that includes ESPN 150 offensive guard Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial), linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra), and cornerbacks Naijiel Hale (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei).

“I love USC,” Brown said. “That’s everyone’s favorite school growing up in Southern California. I really like UCLA, too. They’re coming up. Jim Mora has changed it. He switched everything around. That program is rising, but hopefully I go national and I’m not just picking from the West Coast.”

Michigan defensive end has Trojans in top five

ESPN 150 defensive end Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) named a top five on his Twitter account last week, listing Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC, even though he currently doesn’t have an offer from the Trojans.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, though, has USC in the mix for a reason.

“That’s my dream school, no doubt,” Marshall said. “They send me letters about attending their one-day camp and stuff like that. I mean, it’s Cali, Reggie Bush went there and he’s my favorite running back. It’s always been my dream school to play at.”

Marshall has never been to Los Angeles, but he hopes to change that this summer for the Rising Stars Camp. If that doesn’t work out, Marshall will attempt to use one of his official visits on the Trojans.

“I know they didn’t sign any defensive ends in the last class, so that means an offer is possible,” Marshall said. “If I do well at the camp, they said an offer could come. I have to talk it over with my parents, but I definitely want to go.”