Kris Albarado talked with USC special teams coordinator John Baxter early Friday and he told the Lake Charles (La.) St. Louis punter that the Trojans would like to offer. Soon after, Albarado committed to USC and he said it wasn't a tough decision at all.
"It was pretty easy to make," Albarado said.
The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect said he's been talking to USC since about the beginning of his senior season, mainly with Baxter but also with assistant coach Ed Orgeron, who has Louisiana roots.
Albarado had been sending film and both sides continued to show interest. After a recruiting meeting at USC on Thursday, Baxter told Albarado to call him when he had a chance and on Friday the two talked. The decision to commit was not a difficult one, Albarado said.
"They've been recruiting me for about two months or so, a little before our season started," Albarado said. "It's been going from there and I have been getting them film. (Baxter) has been talking to a bunch of coaches I've worked with around the nation. They said I was a highly recommended punter and then it's just kind of progressed into this.
"Just to be a part of the Trojan family, it's awesome to be a part of that now. They have great special teams over there. They have the best special teams coach in the nation with coach Baxter. Their education is second-to-none. Not only do you get a great education but you get to play some of the best football in the country. It's not something you pass up."
Northwestern, Louisiana-Monroe and McNeese State had also offered Albarado, who's punted 19 times this season with a 47.6 yard-per-punt average. Mississippi State, Arizona, Kansas and Louisiana-Lafayette were all showing interest as well.
Albarado said he will not be an early enrollee because his school doesn't offer it. He plans to enroll at USC this summer.
"I won't be able to be an early enrollee," Albarado said. "We were talking about that from the beginning of my recruitment but my school doesn't offer that so I'll be going there in the summer."