Well, to be totally correct, Nathan Tilford just finished his eighth grade year and will be a high school freshman in Upland, California, in the fall. That didn’t stop USC from recently offering the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder receiver a college scholarship to play football at ‘SC after he graduates high school … in 2017.
From ESPN and WeAreSC.com:
USC has been more aggressive in recruiting underclassmen this spring, extending offers to seven local 2015 prospects, including elite defensive back Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) and 2016 receiver Brandon Burton (Gardena, Calif./Serra).
Tilford isn’t the first player in his class to receive an offer — Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) already has offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas and others — but it is the first time USC has gone into the 2017 class.