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Darnold recaps USC summer camp
Sam Darnold is a promising quarterback and his stock has continued to rise this summer. He only played in three games as a junior due to a foot injury but has looked very good all spring. Darnold has a strong 6-foot-4 frame, a big arm and is a much better athlete than given credit for. He was his league's MVP in basketball as a junior and is more than just a pocket passer, he can buy time in the pocket and run for positive yards as well. Oregon just offered Darnold a few days ago and the quarterback made a strong impression at USC's camp earlier today as well. "It was awesome, I had a lot of fun there," Darnold said. "I only came for the morning session when we did some routes on air, I didn't stay for the 7 on 7 part. Clay Helton took me and a few other quarterbacks and we did some footwork drills and then threw about an hour of routes. "I felt really good and got some great feedback from Coach Helton and Sark. They told me some things that I have to keep private but they did say they like me a lot and could be offering in a few weeks and that would be huge for me." Darnold said he grew up a USC fan and has been to countless games at the Coliseum. "That's why an offer from USC would be so big for me," Darnold said. "An offer from USC would definitely play a big role in my decision and I would give them a serious look for sure. They don't have a lot of depth right now so it would be a good opportunity for me to come in and compete right away." "After the throwing session, I took a tour of the campus. I've been to USC before but this was my first time getting an up close look at the facilities and having a tour guide. I saw the weight room, locker room and student center and it was very impressive. Everyone in the Pac 12 wants to one-up each other and USC now has as good a facilities as anyone." Darnold's last day of school is on Tuesday (24th) and he'll take several unofficial visits later this week. "The next day, the 25th, I leave for Northwestern," Darnold said. "I'll spend the whole day there and the next day, I'll head to Duke. I'll also visit Tennessee and then hit up Oregon on my way back home. "Northwestern was one my first offers so I'm looking forward to spending some quality time there. Oregon just offered me and that was huge. I'm very excited to see them and get on campus. I want to meet the players and coaches and see how I get along with every one. "Right now, Utah is probably my leader but things could change once I take more visits. I like Utah and visited there last summer. They have been on me for a long time but I'm keeping all my options open right now. I'll wait until after I take all my visits and then I'll make a decision sometime in the summer. I don't have an exact time frame but when I'm ready, I'll go ahead and do it."
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