Alex Van Dyke and Kameron Schroeder double-dipped on weekend trips to USC and UCLA and each visit went well for the Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks teammates.
Neither was offered on either trip but Cosumnes Oaks coach Ryan Gomes said both coaching staffs were impressed with Van Dyke and Schroeder and will assuredly stay in contact as the recruiting process continues.
"Starting at UCLA, we had a really good experience meeting with the coaches and touring the campus and doing all that," Gomes said. "The kids were really excited and impressed by everything UCLA had to offer. They loved that experience and we got to see Marcus (Rios) which was good.
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"At USC, we talked to coach (Lane) Kiffin and coach (Clay) Helton who recruits our area, and he'd be the offensive coordinator for both of these guys. They loved it. They enjoyed the experience. Both could absolutely see themselves playing at either of the places. The staff was really impressed with how good they both look."
The USC and UCLA coaches told Gomes that they would continue to recruit Van Dyke, who already has offers from Cal and Northwestern, and Schroeder, who landed an Idaho offer recently, but they'd like to see them at summer camp.
That seems perfectly fine with both prospects since both programs had only positive things to say about their character and how they see them fitting into their respective schools.
"They both liked that they're both good students, both strong academic students and then the character," Gomes said. "They're both humble kids and hard-workers. The staff went out of their way to tell me that.
"The offer (from USC for Van Dyke) is around the corner for sure. I know coach Helton is going to come back down twice in the spring and he said specifically he wants to get these two kids in front of coach Kiffin for that reason. They really want both of them to come to camp. I would think an offer would be around the corner.
"They're soaking it in and getting a chance to see different places. We'll be at Cal in a couple weeks and other places as well. Both being academic kids, USC and UCLA are both such good schools that's a priority for sure."