He admits that Trojan blood pumps through his veins, but he also is smart enough to know that he must examine every option there is out there for him.
Welcome to the world of 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle Justin Cheadle of Bakersfield, Calif.
"I was just up there (Sunday) at USC, and I watched their scrimmage and talked to the coaches and some of the players," he said. "I'm hoping they're close to offering me. I mean, it seems like they may be close."
"My cousin and my uncle both played at Southern Cal, so it's in my blood. My family is Trojan fans so it would be great if I could play there. I'm still looking around right now. Nothing's final. I'm not totally set on USC or something. I want to make my decision after my senior season after I've taken all my visits and everything so I can make the best decision I can."
Cheadle earned second-team all-state honors in 2005, along with being name all-area and all-league. In basketball he was an all-area and all-league pick. He's a big good looking offensive lineman that moves his feet well and already has several scholarships on his resume.
"I've been hearing from UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Stanford, Colorado State and Fresno State," he said. "Arizona, Fresno State, and Colorado State have offered me a scholarship."
"My top three right now are probably USC, UCLA, and Cal. I was invited to go to UCLA and Cal, but I haven't been able to make it. I'm going to the NIKE Camp at Stanford and then the USC camp this summer, their senior camp. Then my high school team is going to a bunch of different camps with each other."
Cheadle has a few things in mind with the perfect school.
"It's all going to come down to how good the school is athletically and academically," he said. "I want a school that challenges me academically and has a location close to my family. I don't mind going to a place like Arizona, which is about 8 hours away, but it would be good to be in the LA area and only be like 2 hours away."