Signing Day: Alshon Jeffery Becomes Second USC Decommit, May Not Be Last
Jeffery is a six-foot-four receiver who had camped at USC last summer and committed not long after. His commitment held until the last week or so when the inevitable pressure to play closer to home arrived. USC has a tradition going with big receivers lately, so although rumored, Jeffery's change of heart was still quite a surprise. You don't commit to someone all the way across the country and hold that for almost a year by accident.
He is now Steve Spurrier's prize, and modest consolation after the Gamecocks lost out on in-state guard Quinton Washington who pledged to Michigan yesterday.
USC's problems do not end with Burfict and Jeffery, however.
Fleet Los Angeles receiver Randall Carroll has been wavering for months, openly trashing the USC coaches several weeks ago. For now he's still committed to USC, but at 9:30 PM ET he is expected to announce for somebody other than USC -- likely UCLA.
This is on the heels of Los Angeles defensive back Byron Moore opening up his recruitment several weeks ago. Like Jeffery, Moore had been committed to USC since a skills camp over the summer -- having switched an even earlier commitment to UCLA. The Trojans may yet reel him back in, but for now he's opened things up to look at possibly Notre Dame or Colorado.
Of significant consolation, USC has already put together an excellent class and is still in the mix for several elite players including Georgia linebacker/defensive end Jarvis Jones, Hawaii linebacker Manti Te'o, Florida linebacker Frankie Telfort, Florida safety Jawanza Starling and Utah offensive lineman Xavier Su'a Filo. We think they'll get by OK despite all this.
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