Malik Dorton considered an early commitment and UCLA was probably the destination since the Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end talked highly of the Bruins through his recruitment.
But after deciding to hold off on a commitment, Dorton's recruitment exploded and got extra interesting recently when USC offered him.
"I was talking to some of the coaches," Dorton said. "I knew it was going to come pretty soon but I wasn't sure when and I wasn't sure if it was really going to happen. The coaches contacted me and I talked with them and they offered.
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"To make a long story short, it was like how some of their coaches got fired that used to recruit the LA area and once they figured out that situation they looked at me and decided to offer me."
USC is right in the thick of things now for Dorton, a 6-foot-3, 227-pound four-star prospect who plays on one of the top teams in the state.
The St. John Bosco standout said the USC offer definitely packs a serious punch and it will give him something to really think about as the process continues.
"That's definitely a big offer just me growing up in this area," Dorton said. "My house is right down the street from USC. It's a big offer and my family really likes it.
"I'm kind of in the same boat. I'm still taking it slow and not rushing anything. That decision could be coming but right now I don't want to stress about it. I'm just going to do a lot of thinking."
So far, the four-star prospect has been offered by Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Fresno State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt and Washington State.
New interest continues to come in from Miami and Oklahoma and things are expected to stay busy through the spring evaluation period.