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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Notebook: 2015 WR almost commits

By Blair Angulo

The recruitment of receiver Desean Holmes (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) nearly ended last week when the Class of 2015 prospect picked up a scholarship offer from childhood favorite USC.

Holmes, who previously said he’d commit on the spot if and when USC came calling, briefly considered giving the Trojans a verbal pledge. He had been expecting an offer from USC for nearly a year and, though his signing date is still more than 20 months away, anticipation had increased as the spring evaluation period carried on.

The speedster, though, opted to play it slow.

“I wanted to commit, but my uncle told me to wait it out until senior year,” the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Holmes said. “I’m going to stay open. I want to see all of my options first and be sure before I make my decision.”

Assistant coach Ed Orgeron extended the offer through Alemany coach Dean Herrington, Holmes said.

“It happened during school, so it was pretty exciting,” Holmes said. “It’s SC. They have a great tradition of producing great players. My former teammate Steven Mitchell is going to be a big star there, too. He was excited for me. He just tells me to keep my grades up and make sure everything is in order.”

Holmes became the fifth Southern California-based prospect from the 2015 class to land a USC offer, joining receiver Cordell Broadus (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar), defensive end Rasheem Green (Gardena, Calif./Serra), linebacker John Houston Jr. (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and defensive back Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly). The Trojans have a commitment from quarterback David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy).

Holmes also has offers from Houston, UCLA and Utah, and said Florida State is showing the most interest.

“I was going to visit some schools this summer, but my parents and I decided we should wait until next year,” Holmes added. “As far as camps, I know I’m doing the USC camp again in June.”

2015 defensive back excited about offer

Much of the attention has gone to Marshall for his shutdown performances in the 7-on-7 circuit this offseason, but B2G Five-Star teammate and fellow 2015 defensive back Marvell Tell (Encino, Calif./Crespi) isn’t too far behind.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound safety landed an offer from USC last week, adding the Trojans to a list of schools that includes Cal, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, San Jose State, UCLA and Washington State.

“My parents and I were just really excited,” Tell said. “Obviously USC is a big school. I’m excited to see that all of my hard work is starting to pay off.”

Tell added he was caught off guard by the offer, as the Trojans had only recently started recruiting him.

“It makes me feel like I’m definitely doing what I need to do on the field and in the classroom,” he said. “I feel like I need to keep working harder and more attention will come. I’m going to the USC and UCLA camps coming up in June. So far, that’s all I have planned.”

Tell has worn a pair of blue UCLA gloves in recent passing league tournaments, but indicated he has no early favorites.

“The only reason I wear those is because they’re the only pair of gloves I have now,” Tell said with a laugh. “Tyler Foreman, who signed there, passed those along to me. I want to go through the whole recruiting process. I don’t want to make any early decisions or name any early favorites right now. I want to wait until my senior year to make the big decision and put that hat on.”

Assistant coach checks in on running back

New offensive line coach Mike Summers made a stop in Imperial, Calif. last week to see four-star running back Royce Freeman, the position most valuable player at the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp in March.

Freeman has offers from Florida State, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee and UCLA, among others, and the 6-foot, 220-pound power back believes the Trojans could be close to joining the group.

“They like me what they saw,” Freeman said. “Hopefully an offer comes. I feel as if one is.”

Orgeron is Freeman’s lead recruiter, and Freeman said he told the assistant coach he wouldn’t be able to make it to the school’s camp in June, even though an offer would be a possibility then. The Trojans have offered only one West Coast running back this recruiting cycle: ESPN 150 member Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom).

Freeman is scheduled to camp with Oregon in June. When asked how an offer from the Trojans would change his recruitment, Freeman remained discreet.

“I’d have medium interest,” Freeman said. “I’m open to everyone right now.”