USC was late to the party in offering OL Chad Mavety (6-6 330) of Nassau JC, NY but is still hopeful of being party to his official visits.
Mavety said Monday night he has taken an official visit to Florida State and will visit Alabama and Ohio State officially.
USC is one of several schools under consideration for those two final trips.
"South Carolina kind of jumped in real late on my recruitment," Mavety said. "Recently coach Mangus called me and said they want me, they need me. They think their tackle is going to leave and they are only going to recruit one JUCO offensive tackle and they think I'm that guy. They want me to come in there and step in right away and lead that offensive line at left tackle. They are not coming at me just for fun. They need me. They said they are going to recruit me real hard and are going to come up and see me soon. They think I'm extremely talented."
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Mavety said Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee have been recruiting him the hardest in recent months, but he said USC has a decent chance to get one of those visits.
"It's a big time program, big time place. I'm definitely going to consider them. It's late but I'm not going to hold that against them. I know how the recruiting game works and I'm mature enough to understand that. I definitely have to look into it more and talk with coach Elliott. I'll figure out if I want to go down there and check it out and see if it is the place for me."
Tennessee and Texas A&M are two other schools he's considering for those visits.
Mavety is a native of Sparta, NJ who did not sign with a school out of high school. He will graduate in December and will have two years to play two.