Aziz Shittu proved Sunday at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp that he's one of the best defensive tackles in the 2012 class and one day later the Atwater (Calif.) Buhach standout has picked up an offer from USC.
"I talked to coach (Lane) Kiffin and my recruiting coach, coach (Clay) Helton," Shittu said. "They just thanked me for being patient and I think one of the questions is the level of competition I play. I went down and showed out at the NIKE camp and that solidified whether I could play or not. They watched my tape again and they decided to offer.
"Mainly the goal coming down was to go and compete. Whatever came of competing, that would be good, but I wanted to show what I had against the Southern California guys. They're supposed to be the best players in California so I wanted to show what I had basically."
Shittu is a 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect who basically dominated against every offensive lineman at the NIKE Camp and used his power and speed to get around everyone trying to block him. No one was successful against the barrel-chested prospect from Northern California.
Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Iowa State, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon State, San Jose State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State have also offered Shittu, who plans to take his time with recruiting.
Now that the Trojans have offered they move into Shittu's top eight along with Stanford. He's still working out the other favorites but USC will now stay in the running.
"They're the first two teams in the top eight right now," Shittu said. "I'm not going to rush into anything at all.
"(USC has) a lot of tradition and I liked them when I was a kid. I was kind of turned off when I didn't have an offer because I think of myself as one of the better players in California but then I showed out at the NIKE camp so I feel a little bit better of everything they have now."