Long Beach Poly (Calif.) wide out Bryshon Nellum, widely considered the nation's top track recruit, will sign a letter of intent today with USC. By signing a letter of intent for track, Nellum, by NCAA rules, will have to earn a football scholarship in the fall to play two sports before his junior year.
Nellum, 6-0, 175 pounds took an official visit to USC last weekend after taking earlier visits to LSU, Cal and UCLA. All the visits were for track but according to Jackrabbit WR coach Reggie Ward, Nellum will also play football for the Trojans.
"When he was on the visit, Bryshon talked to Pete Carroll and Ron Allice, the track coach there and they both gave him the OK," Ward said. "Bryshon really likes football and ideally would have signed a football letter if he could so he could play both sports right away.
"He had some schools that actually offered him for football but his dream was to go to SC so he decided to sign for track and then will go out for the football team in the fall to try and earn a football scholarship. I think he has a lot of upside as a receiver and is starting to make plays for us. He returned two punts for touchdowns last week and will be a factor for us in the playoffs."
As a junior, Nellum was the state champion in the 200, and 400m. He was also a member of the US gold medal winning 4X400m relay at the Junior World Championships in China last August.