Royce Freeman has landed a bunch of major offers recently but one holdout was USC.
That is until Wednesday morning when the Imperial, Calif., four-star running back got in touch with coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans offered.
"I just called coach Kiffin this morning," Freeman said. "He said he had good news and then he offered.
"After watching tape, he said I'm a good back and that he wanted to offer me."
The 6-foot, 210-pound prospect who rushed for 2,482 yards and 35 touchdowns in his junior season has already visited USC for its junior day and is impressed.
The Trojans do not exactly jump up to the top list of favorites - that is Oregon, Florida and UCLA - but the offer is an important factor and now Freeman said he can consider USC more seriously as recruiting continues.
"It's a great school," Freeman said. "It's a good combination of academics along with a great football program and they have a great tradition at running back.
"It's really too early (to name USC a favorite). I'm just going to take it slowly. I have to learn more about them and look into it."
Oregon, UCLA and Florida are the three early frontrunners for Freeman, who said he does not plan to make a quick decision in his recruitment.
In total, the Imperial standout lists offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin.