Chans Cox had not talked with the USC coaching staff since the Trojans' junior day so Wednesday he decided to call assistant coach Ed Orgeron.
The Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge four-star prospect left a voice mail and then received a message from his coach Thursday morning to give USC a call back.
Cox did and he landed his newest offer.
"I was surprised," Cox said. "Yesterday I was going through and I hadn't talked to coach O for a while since the junior day when I went out so I called and left a message.
"I got a text message from my coach today and he said I needed to call USC back and I just called and I was talking to coach O and coach (Lane) Kiffin came on and they said they're going to offer me a scholarship."
Cox is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect whose main position is outside linebacker but from early on USC has liked him as a halfback. Rated as the seventh-best outside linebacker and No. 40 prospect by Rivals.com, Cox said he's all for playing offense.
"I definitely am open to that," Cox said. "I love both sides of the ball so either way I'd love it. Wherever they put me would be an honor."
Cox knew USC was interested in him even if communication was limited because the coaching staff went out of their way during the junior day to talk with him. Now that he has an offer, another trip to see more of campus and to talk with the coaching staff again could be in order.
"They had definitely talked to me there at the junior day," Cox said. "I thought something was special because with all the kids there they had taken the time to come and talk to me and tell me they were very interested.
"I didn't really hear back from them for a while so I decided to call and see where they were at. I know they were taking it a little more slowly because they want the best in the country so I thought it was definitely an honor."