Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick thoroughly enjoyed his visit to USC for its junior day on Saturday but the Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney tight end did not receive an offer so his excitement has to be a little bit measured.
Although there was no offer for Cope-Fitzpatrick, who visited Cal on Friday and UCLA last weekend, the Trojans will definitely be strongly considered moving forward. The visit went well.
"It was a really good day," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "I got to meet their new tight ends coach (Justin Mesa) and I got to learn a lot about their academics. They're really strong on academics and I learned a lot today.
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"I liked the new coach. He's a really young guy and the overall feeling of the coaching staff was reenergized and revamped. There was a lot of anticipation for the season because they feel everything is coming together so that was definitely nice.
"They told me they're interested right now. They're still waiting and evaluating so we'll see how that goes. They want to take a look at my film a couple more times and they want me to come out to Rising Stars Camp."
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect who finished with 29 receptions for 327 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior season said he doesn't plan to attend the Los Angeles NIKE Camp next month but will be at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp later in the spring.
Still, he hopes to hear lots more from USC.
"I get a good feeling from them," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "Now that I've visited three schools all in one week I have an idea of what schools are offering and what kind of school I'm looking for. My feeling about USC is really good but I just can't take it all the way to heart because I don't have the offer yet."
On Friday, Cope-Fitzpatrick and a handful of other recruits who couldn't make the Golden Bears' junior day on Saturday stopped by campus and the standout tight end was thoroughly impressed.
So far, Cal, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State have already offered.
"It was great," Cope-Fitzpatrick said of Cal. "I got to meet everyone one-on-one. It was really personable.
"I liked the campus and the new facility is amazing. That place is huge. I liked their coaching staff a lot. They're very honest and that's kind of refreshing. Cal was definitely nice. I can't wait to come back and take a look at spring ball with them."
Last Saturday, Cope-Fitzpatrick stopped by UCLA and was also impressed with the Bruins and took an especially close look at the program because he already has an offer. The coaching staff transition is something he'll keep a close eye on.
"They gutted a lot of their coaching staff and brought in a lot of new people so I'm looking forward to seeing how they do," Cope-Fitzpatrick said.
"There are a lot of guys from a lot of different areas so it will be interesting to see what direction they go in with their new coaching staff. The campus was beautiful. It was breathtaking to see that."
Cope-Fitzpatrick hasn't picked up any new offers but he said Arizona State, Miami, Notre Dame and Nebraska are all showing new interest.