Trojans Offer Briggs

Trajuan Briggs

"USC actually used one of their calls and called me on Wednesday," Trajuan Briggs said. "There were a bunch of coaches on the line and we talked with coach Brennan Carroll, Ken Norton and Todd McNair and they told me that they are offering me a scholarship to attend the University of Southern California. "They said they really like my running style and think that I would fit in there well..."

Trajuan Briggs, the 5-foot-11, 192-pound three-star running back from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Calif., says he just received an offer from USC last Wednesday (April 15) and that the Trojans and California are now his top two.

"USC actually used one of their calls and called me on Wednesday," Briggs said. "There were a bunch of coaches on the line and we talked with coach Brennan Carroll, Ken Norton and Todd McNair and they told me that they are offering me a scholarship to attend the University of Southern California.

"They said they really like my running style and think that I would fit in there well," he said.

Briggs has already attended the USC Junior Day, as well as a spring practice. "I love how they practice," he said. "They have tons of energy and are intense the whole time. It really motivates you to practice hard seeing how they are."

He says he'll be attending the USC Rising Stars camp later this summer.

Tied with USC for the top spot is Cal. Briggs says both the Trojans and Bears lead "solid" over Pittsburgh and Washington State and Washington. All of Briggs' favorites have offered.

"I really like the academics at Cal," he said. "Plus, I have a great relationship with (running backs) coach Ron Gould. We really hit it off and I like how he spent a lot of time talking to me about being a student and not just football. He explained all the academic stuff to my mom and she liked that. He's also a very spiritual man like we are."

Another thing that stood out for Briggs about Berkeley was the environment. "It's really nice over there," he said. "It's laid-back and really chill.

"Both USC and Cal stand out right now," he said. "Both schools offer what I'm looking for and I felt comfortable and liked the environment at both places."

Briggs, ranked as the No. 25 running back in the country by Scout.com, says he'll likely take an official visit to Pittsburgh during the fall but admits that the distance may be a factor.

"The only reason that Pittsburgh is recruiting me is because of (new Panthers offensive coordinator) Frank Cignetti," he said. "He was recruiting me when he was at Cal and started recruiting me when he went to Pittsburgh.

"I wouldn't mind taking an official visit out there, but it is pretty far," he said. "At first I was really thinking about getting away but now I've started thinking about staying close. I have a big family and would love to continue to be part of their lives. That's important to me."

Briggs says he's also considering a visit to Washington State and Washington as well. "Wazzu is rebuilding and they need running backs," he said. "It would be a good opportunity to play early.

"I like U-dub too," he said. "They are up-and-coming and have great tradition, so I think they'll be able to get back on top. The new coaches are really good."

Briggs also says he doesn't plan on committing early. "It won't be too early," he said. "I want to see who else offers and see how everything goes."

Growing up, Briggs says he followed LSU but the Tigers are not recruiting him. "I have a lot of family in New Orleans and I used to visit them all the time," he said. "I loved watching them play."

Briggs also runs track and reports a 10.84 100m and 22.1 200m. He plans on playing only football in college.

He finished his junior season with 178 carries for 1,513 yards and 23 touchdowns. "I have very good vision," he said. "I can stay low and have very good balance. I'm pretty physical but have good breakaway speed too.

"I just want to be more elusive and work on my cuts," he said. "I'd also like to improve my hands and catch more balls."

He says he can bench 255-pounds.

Briggs plans on majoring in communication broadcasting and reports a 2.6 core GPA and a 1370 SAT.

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