Things are really heating up between USC and four-star defensive end Malik Dorton.
The Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco prospect recently camped with the Trojans and the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Dorton said USC is definitely high on his list with a summer decision expected.
"They're definitely up there," Dorton said. "I can always go to SC, it's right by my house. I like SC right now.
"I plan on committing somewhere this summer. I want to do it so I go into the season committed and not having to worry about all these coaches calling me. It's already crazy but I'm going to start narrowing my list down."
UCLA has also been a favorite for Dorton, rated as the No. 10 weak-side defensive end and the No. 209 prospect in the 2014 class by Rivals.com, but USC has made up a lot of ground in recent months.
Dorton was offered by the Trojans and then his time at their camp really seemed to pay off. During his trip to USC, the four-star defensive end talked a lot with coach Lane Kiffin and assistant head coach Ed Orgeron and that seemed to influence the local recruit.
Although the two coaches did not push for a commitment, Dorton said they made it clear they want him in this recruiting class and he's definitely serious about the Trojans.
"The camp at SC gave me a good chance to work with the coaches and get a feel for them," Dorton said. "I wanted to see what their practice environment was like.
"I just got out there and worked out for the first session and afterward I spent some time with the coaches, toured the campus and then I talked with coach Kiffin and coach O after that.
"They weren't really pushing me to commit or anything but they were explaining to me the opportunity I'd have if I did go there especially with a lot of seniors leaving and how important it could be for me to come in and play as a freshman. They weren't really pushing me to commit. They were just telling me how interested they were."