UPDATE: Rich Hammond of the OC Register has confirmed that Aaron Minor is joining the Trojans as a walk-on, not a scholarship player. The most likely scenario is that he becomes a preferred walk-on, which guarantees his spot on the USC roster.
The USC Trojans have added another member to its squad during the offseason, this time signing Mayfair High School (Lakewood, CA) wide receiver Aaron Minor to the Class of 2013, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
As a senior, Minor led Mayfair in receptions with 44, receiving yards with 527 and receiving touchdowns, with five.
Minor officially signed with the Trojans on Tuesday, surrounded by a large group of family, friends, and staff members. For the Mayfair graduate, the scholarship signifies a new beginning; the 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver did get a few looks from colleges like New Mexico and Fresno State last season but come National Signing Day, he did not have any offers.
“About two months ago, I was done with football,” Minor admitted to the Press-Telegram. “… I was down. I didn’t know what to do.”
His coaches encouraged him to keep training and keep his grades up and eventually someone would notice. That someone was USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin, a man known for discovering top flight receiving talent. Coach Lane Kiffin began recruiting him and June, and a month later, Minor has accepted the offer.
The newest member to don cardinal and gold will compete for a back up role against current talent Darreus Rogers, De’Von Flournoy, and Victor Blackwell. His signing comes at an interesting time for USC, and they just lost two of their perceived better back ups, Steven Mitchell and George Farmer, to season-ending injuries.
Earlier this offseason, USC also added Shadow Hills linebacker James Poland IV as a preferred walk-on.