Deontay Burnett is excited.
The Gardena (Calif.) Serra three-star receiver was in the shadows last season because his team was filled with outstanding playmakers but this could be his year and so far in preseason practice he's proving to be a top target.
"We've been working for about a week in full pads," Burnett said.
"I should be the No. 1 target on the outside. Our quarterbacks have been throwing a lot to me so I should have a good season."
Burnett, a 5-foot-11, 159-pound three-star prospect, committed to Washington State this summer but he said USC continues to pursue him.
The Trojans have not offered yet but Burnett has stopped by fall practice at USC and he said position coach Tee Martin has been very positive about recruiting him.
"Things slowed down but USC is still recruiting me," Burnett said. "That's about it right now.
"I was over there last week. Coach Tee Martin wants to offer me but I guess coach (Steve Sarkisian) wants to wait until the season to see what I can do it pads."
Burnett's commitment to Washington State remains strong - he picked the Cougars over Miami, Utah, Colorado State and others - but if USC entered the picture things could get more interesting in his senior season.
At this point, the three-star receiver wants to focus on a big senior campaign and then see where his recruitment stands later on.
"It would be a pretty big one," Burnett said of USC. "It's more motivation. I want to show everybody what I can do and I want to prove to them that I can play."