Greg Townsend Jr. commits to USC

January, 5, 2011
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Defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills) committed to USC during halftime of the Under Armour All-American Game on ESPN Wednesday, picking the Trojans over Texas Christian and Miami.

He was first offered a scholarship by USC as a junior in high school and had since been expected to commit to the Trojans. He made it official Wednesday, although he did say he plans to take official visits to both the Horned Frogs and Hurricanes, giving each school a last chance of sorts.

"It was a tough decision but my family and I feels like this is the place for me to be," Townsend told ESPN's Lowell Galindo shortly after announcing his decision live on television. "Coach Monte Kiffin is an amazing coach. He and coach [Ed] Orgeron will make me a much better player."

Townsend Jr. becomes the 24th commitment in the Trojans' class of 2011 and their fifth defensive end commit. Nine of those 24 players are early enrollees and will technically count as part of the 2010 class.

Another USC-recruited player, athlete Devon Blackmon (Fontana, Calif./Summit), made his decision during the game. As expected, he picked Oregon over both USC and UCLA.

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