Tre Madden has been picking up a bunch of big-time offers but maybe the biggest one came Thursday when the Mission Viejo, Calif., outside linebacker got offered by Southern Cal defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.
"We called coach Orgeron and he offered me," Madden said. "That's a big one. I just have to talk to my family and see where I want to go and see if that's the right choice for me. We're thinking it might be close."
Madden, the linebacker MVP at the recent Los Angeles NIKE Camp held at USC, said a commitment could come soon but he'd first like to talk it over with his family and make the right decision.
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All the obvious things about USC stand out to him - the history and tradition especially - and now he has the opportunity to one day play for the Trojans with the offer.
"The tradition stands out and I'd like to follow in line with the great players that have gone there before," said Madden, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect. "I was thinking it was coming but it came really early though. I'm a little shocked."
Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas A&M and Washington had also offered Madden, who finished with 115 tackles, three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery in his junior season. Rivals.com includes him on its top 250 to watch list for 2011.
"Madden has a tremendous upper- and lower-body structure," Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every said after the LA NIKE Camp.
"He has quick change of direction, he has a knack of where the ball is and he's athletic enough to stay with any running back coming out of the backfield. He's a speed guy who can play the wide side of the field and cover running backs."
It's been a busy time for Southern Cal on the recruiting trail. The Trojans received a commitment from Los Angeles Crenshaw running back De'Anthony Thomas in recent days and also locked up Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei wide receiver Victor Blackwell as well.