A decade after starring at
"I still have his jersey," Santa Ana Mater Dei offensive lineman Frank Martin said at the Nike Opening Regional in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Players in the 2016 recruiting class were in kindergarten when USC won a national title in 2004, first grade when Bush won the Heisman a year later.
"We are seeing some of that on the recruiting trail that kids remember that and think, 'I'd like to do that'," he said.
Martin, who received a scholarship offer from USC last month, said he remembered running up and down the sidelines pretending to be Bush when he was young.
North Torrance linebacker Mique Juarez, who committed to the Trojans in January, said it was "obviously" Bush he remembered watching as he grew up.
Javon McKinley, a receiver at Corona Centennial, said he watched USC because his neighbor, Dale Thompson, was a tight end on the team — but it was Bush he wanted to be like.
"He was always the main player on the field," McKinley said.