USC continues to push hard for Derik Calhoun and the four-star linebacker from El Cerrito, Calif., is highly interested but it's the cross-town school that still leads in his recruitment.
"USC has been contacting me and saying they want me really bad and they want me to be a future Trojan," Calhoun said. "They definitely want me to commit.
"I still have my mind open to other colleges. I have 13 offers right now.
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"USC is one of my schools right now and I've been thinking about them. It's one of the schools I showed a lot of interest in when I was little, my sister does go there, but UCLA is on top right now."
The Bruins have been involved longer in the recruitment of Calhoun, one of the top defensive players at the recent Rivals Camp in Los Angeles and the four-star said he loves everything UCLA has to offer.
The 6-foot, 196-pound prospect especially likes the UCLA coaches and that seems to be playing a major factor as things continue to heat up.
USC is a serious player in his decision-making process, the Trojans recently offered, his sister is on the basketball team there and Calhoun likes a lot about the program but the Bruins still hold the edge.
No decision is expected yet because the El Cerrito standout said he wants to remain patient and see which other programs get involved but UCLA looks good at this point.
"It's really the coaching staff, how they treat everybody like family and the school itself with the education and the environment there, too," Calhoun said.
Offers continue to pour in for Calhoun, rated as the No. 133 prospect in the 2014 class by Rivals.com.
In total, he lists offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Nebraska, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Utah State, Washington and Washington State.