Brandon Dawkins had lengthy conversations with USC quarterbacks coach Clay Helton during his junior day visit on Sunday and the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian standout is encouraged about his future with the Trojans.
Like many other top prospects, Dawkins was told they would like to see him at summer camp before offering and the four-star recruit said he was perfectly fine with that message.
"That's the thing, they said a scholarship is like $70,000 and the camp is only $75," Dawkins said.
"That was their little spiel on that. I have no problem going to a camp like USC. It's only an hour away from home so that's not a hassle for me. I'm used to spending my weekends traveling and working out. Taking the time to go to USC to throw for the coaches and maybe get a scholarship that would be a dream."
Dawkins, rated as the No. 134 prospect in the 2014 class by Rivals.com, could take some more unofficial visits back to campus as well.
"Coach Helton said he wants to get me up there on a Saturday or something and sit in on a quarterback meeting to see how they interact and learn and see what their thought process is at the college level," Dawkins said. "That would be really interesting and I hope I can attend one of those."
USC has definitely piqued Dawkins' interest especially after the junior day visit. He had positive talks with Helton about the quarterback position, where the USC coaches see Dawkins fitting in and the Oaks Christian prospect said it sounds like all good news moving forward.
"It was a really good visit," Dawkins said. "I had a good talk with coach Helton. He said I was at the top of the list for the quarterbacks they want. He said I have all the intangibles, that I throw the ball really well and that I make plays and he said they could see me fitting into the USC program.
"That was really good to hear that and hear they were interested. It was a really good trip. I was really interested in hearing about their tutoring program and it was really interesting how they can have players graduate after three years with summer school. A lot of schools don't do that and that's really cool.
"If you do really well and you can leave for the league or whatever, after three years you're done and you have your degree. That's really cool to hear about."
So far, Dawkins has offers from Notre Dame and Utah. Many other programs are showing interest in the 2014 prospect who threw for 2,135 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 486 yards and seven scores last season.