Brennan Scarlett is about to embark on a tour of California schools and it could be an important step in the recruiting process for the four-star defensive end from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic.
Scarlett, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound prospect, will visit USC and UCLA and then drive with his family to Cal and Stanford before returning home. The Trojans recently offered, clearly a big one for the No. 5 strong-side defensive end according to Rivals.com.
"It was huge," Central Catholic coach Steve Pyne said of the USC offer. "He was ecstatic. To get an offer from a program like USC it's equivalent to getting one from like Texas or Florida.
"He was pretty excited about it. I don't know if he's going one way or another but I'd be stunned if they weren't in the top five."
The trip to California might not be the only major one for Scarlett, rated as the No. 86 prospect in the Rivals 100. There could also be plans made to see Notre Dame, Nebraska and Oklahoma sometime before his senior season starts.
One thing that is crucial in Scarlett's recruitment are medical programs at these schools because he is planning to be in that field after his playing days. It's something he'll seriously look at during all his visits.
"He'll have a better understanding of the academic side of things, what those schools offer and he'll be able to narrow it down a little bit and hopefully it won't be so hectic in the fall," Pyne said.
"He really hasn't said a thing to me (about favorites). I can speculate just based on schools that have good medical programs but that would just be pure speculation. Every time I try to press him on it he says, 'I'm having fun with it.'"
Scarlett suffered an ACL injury in Central Catholic's final game but his rehabilitation is going extraordinarily well.
He has been running in some track events and he's getting cleared next Friday for all activities. It's certainly a relief that Scarlett will be back fully healthy and ready for football season.
"He gets cleared next Friday to do everything and he's been coming out to our 7-on-7s this week and running routes and doing everything," Pyne said.
"He's fine. He's better than fine. It's kind of amazing to watch him knowing six months ago he tore his ACL and he's full go and he feels great."