With signing day for the class of 2008 still eight months away, the USC Trojans are already off to a fast start for the 2009 recruiting season, adding a second verbal commitment on Saturday evening from Carson (Calif.) tight endMorrell Presley.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Presley received an offer from the Trojans at their camp Saturday evening, and committed to Pete Carroll and Co. shortly thereafter.
"I went to camp today and got my offer tonight," said Presley. "I committed right away. They said that I was a rare type of player who could stretch the field from the tight end position."
Pressly worked out at both wide receiver and tight end at the camp; he plays the latter for his high school team and recorded 26 catches for 384 yards and two touchdowns.
"They said that they didn't want a typical tight end that could just run 5-10 yard patterns," said Presley. "They want someone who can run downfield and that is a strength of my game."
He grew up a big USC fan in nearby Carson. He said that getting the opportunity to play for his childhood favorite was a dream come true.
"I knew that this was where I wanted to go," he said. "I wanted to stay local. Being an L.A. kid, playing in front of everybody is what it's all about and it's what I have dreamed of."
He also felt that he identified with the Trojan coaching staff. He was recruited by Brennan Carroll, who will be his position coach in college.
"I really felt comfortable with the coaches in the time that I spent with them," said Presley.
Now that he has ended his recruitment early, he said that he would like to focus on the last two years of his high school career. The Colts went 9-4 last season, but Presley expects improvement this year.
Presley is the second player from the Los Angeles area to commit to the Trojans' class of 2009. Marquis Simmons from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez High made his verbal pledge in May.