It was a good weekend for Mission Viejo (Calif.) quarterback Mark Sanchez. First he lit up the SoCal Nike Camp on Saturday, held this year in San Diego and was the top signal caller in attendance. Then on Sunday, Sanchez attended the USC skills camp and received some good news later that night.
"I thought I did real well at both camps," Sanchez said. "It was fun for me to go out there and compete. There were a lot of good quarterbacks at both camps. At the USC camp, I saw a lot of the same guys that were at the Nike camp on Saturday. After the camp was over, Coach Carroll came over and talked to me and said he wanted me to call him when I had a chance.
"Later that night, I called him up and he told me I did real well and he was offering me a scholarship. I was so excited, USC is a school I've liked for awhile and I know they're being very selective right now in terms of how many players they're offering. Coach Carroll didn't try and pressure me to commit or anything and I told him I wanted to look around a little right now before I make my decision. He said that was fine and said he knew once I looked at all the different schools, I would realize USC was the best place for me.
"I like USC a lot but it's the only school I've seen so I don't really have anything to compare it to. I want to take some unofficial visits over the summer and depending on how I feel, I could still take some official visits during the year. I really want to check out Texas, Notre Dame and Stanford for sure, maybe a few others too. I'm in no hurry to make a commitment right now. The recruiting process is just kind of starting for me and like I said, I want to be able to compare all these schools and can't do that until I get out there and see what they have to offer."
In addition to USC, Sanchez has offers from Duke, Stanford and Nebraska. At 6-3.5, 211 pounds, the signal caller is the top quarterback we've seen during the first four Nike Camps. He has great mechanics to go along with plus arm strength and accuracy.