USC offered Taylor McNamara on Wednesday and it's a huge offer for the San Diego (Calif.) Westview tight end who had been talking to the Trojans' staff for some time.
McNamara called assistant coach Joe Barry who put the 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect on the phone with coach Lane Kiffin and that's when he was offered. It's a big deal for McNamara but he's still going to keep things open in his recruitment and consider all his options.
"Coach Barry contacted me and said I had to give him a call so I called him and he put me on the phone with coach Kiffin and they told me I had a full scholarship," McNamara said. "That's a big one because they do a lot of evaluating before they offer kids.
"It's not like a leader but it's big. I have to check it out. It's not a big deal for no reason. I know that's just a huge offer. I've talked to other kids and they do more evaluating than a lot of schools. It shows you're legit.
"What excited me about it is that they do so much evaluating I don't think any other school would question my ability if they see I have an offer from USC."
The next step in the recruiting process for McNamara is to wait on a few other programs to see if they will offer and then he plans to slowly chisel down his list to a more manageable level. Taking his time with recruiting, it doesn't seem like he'll made a snap decision and commit any time soon.
That wasn't always the case. A few months ago the San Diego standout was close to making a commitment to Ohio State but decided to wait things out to see which other programs would offer. Since then, McNamara's offer list has exploded.
USC, Ohio State, Arizona, Cal, Florida State, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Stanford and Washington have all offered and McNamara said he's waiting to see what Oregon and Notre Dame plan to do.
For a while, McNamara thought USC wasn't going to offer but it finally came and it's definitely a big one moving forward.
"Coach Barry had been there right after a tour I took," McNamara said. "He had come down to my school almost every other week and I was wondering if they were ever going to offer me.
"Then at one point I thought they weren't going to offer because they took so long. Then they offered so it was great."