Max Browne said he genuinely didn't expect an offer from USC during its junior day on Sunday but that the Trojans offered is even a bigger incentive to consider them throughout his recruitment.
The five-star pro-style quarterback from Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline said he built an even stronger relationship with assistant coach Clay Helton during the visit and he's definitely interested in USC.
"I honestly came down not expecting an offer at all," Browne said. "I thought they were going to wait and see me at camp or wait a couple more months and watch some more film or whatever they needed to do. I was not expecting an offer. It was definitely a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the whole trip.
"I built up my relationship even more with coach Helton and I talked to coach (Lane) Kiffin, which was nice, so it was a great day."
The quarterback tradition at USC is a factor in Browne's recruitment and something that will be considered as he looks at all the programs that have offered him. It won't be the only factor said Browne, rated eighth in the early 2013 rankings by Rivals.com.
"I wouldn't say it was a make-or-break deal if the school has NFL quarterbacks or that school doesn't but when you look at USC it's hard to ignore the fact that four of their last five quarterbacks were first-round draft picks," Browne said.
"That's another factor that puts USC even more in the mix and a very attractive offer. It's definitely a big factor when it comes to USC."
Browne's junior basketball season is finished so the Skyline standout is considering some other visits. The five-star said his recruitment is still wide open, he hopes to trim his list in March or April and then make a decision by the spring or summer.
For visits, the 6-foot-5, 202-pound prospect said some schools in the SEC and the Big 12 stand out most.
"The two that stick out are Oklahoma and Alabama," Browne said. "I'd like to check those two schools out and then a third one might be Auburn or Arkansas or Oklahoma State. Those would be the schools right now."
In his junior season, Browne finished with 4,034 passing yards with 45 touchdowns and seven interceptions. As a sophomore, he had 50 touchdowns and 4,182 passing yards.
In total, Browne has been offered by Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon State, USC, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.