Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame three-star center Ben Gottschalk admits he wasn't nowhere near 100 percent a few weeks back at the USC Linemen Camp and then at the Trojans' Rising Star Camp.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder was a lineman that many observers thought might walk away with a USC offer if he had a strong camp performance, but back spasms kept him from performing at his best. But he said he's feeling much better now.
"I'm back to 100 percent now," he said. "At Rising Stars it wasn't nearly as bad as it was the week before. I really wish I had been in the shape I am now for the linemen camp. I know I would have walked away with an offer from USC."
He didn't, but the Trojan coaches are still very much interested.
"I talked to coach Pat Ruel and Rocky Seto and they said they were looking to offer one of the guys from my area," Gottschalk said. "They want me to put together a highlight tape from my first three games. I know I'm going to have a big-time season this year. I'm coming and I mean business."
With earlier offers from San Diego State, UNLV, Nevada and New Mexico State, Gottschalk did add new offers from Iowa State and Colorado State. He said he's excited about each of the schools that have offered him, but isn't going to rush things.
"I'm going to be patient and see what happens," he said. "Like I said, I expect to have a big season, so I expect big things from some bigger schools."