Byron Marshall had been going along with a relatively quiet summer, not picking up many new offers and not attending many camps but things changed dramatically in the last few days when he picked up a new offer from USC.
It was relatively surprising for the San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back to get offered by the Trojans especially since he hadn't been talking to them much but they've moved up on his favorites list and he said they'll definitely get a much closer inspection now that they're on the board.
"They offered and it's big," Marshall said.
"It's awesome to get an offer from USC. I was real happy about it. I'm a little surprised because I haven't been talking to them much but now I'm going to be talking to them a lot more and it's definitely a school I'm going to consider.
"It was a little bit of a surprise. I was mainly getting letters and phone calls but that was it and they hadn't talked much about an offer."
Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame, Washington, Arizona State and now USC make up the top six for Marshall, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound four-star prospect who's rated seventh at running back, No. 90 overall and No. 14 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
Marshall has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail for some time especially after rushing for 1,632 yards and 23 touchdowns in his junior season.
He established himself as one of the nation's best backs after going for 1,035 yards and 17 scores in his sophomore campaign.
It has been a whirlwind with USC though because after talking to them and receiving some recruiting information Marshall didn't think an offer was coming. Then he was told to call the coaching staff and everything came together.
"I don't know how it came about," Marshall said. "My coach said to give the coach a call and coach (Lane) Kiffin said he watched my film and really liked it and they wanted to offer me.
"I'm trying to narrow it down. I kind of had a top five but now it's a top six with USC. Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame, Washington and ASU are the other ones."