USC: Devon Blackmon

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.

Two USC recruits to announce decisions

January, 5, 2011
1/05/11
3:49
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Two big-time high school players USC has been recruiting for a while -- defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills) and athlete Devon Blackmon (Fontana, Calif./Summit) -- will announce their college decisions during the Under Armour All-America Football Game today, airing at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN.

Townsend Jr., the son of former Los Angeles Raider defensive end Greg Townsend, will pick between USC and TCU, the school his father went to. He long has been considered a likely USC commit. Blackmon has publicly said he will pick from USC, UCLA and Oregon, but he's expected to choose between UCLA and Oregon.

Townsend will announce at halftime, Blackmon during the third quarter. National Signing Day, of course, is next month. All decisions are tentative until then.

Other players USC has recruited will be playing in the game, including five-star offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), defensive tackle Christian Heyward (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) and Arizona offensive linemen Christian Westerman (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Cyrus Hobbi (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro), among others.

Committed Trojans suiting up in St. Petersburg, Fla. include: defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft), quarterback Max Wittek (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Mater Dei), long snapper Peter McBride (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) and kicker Andre Heidari (Bakersfield, Calif./Stockdale). The latter three are expected to begin classes at USC on Monday and participate in spring practice in March.

We'll have a scouting report Thursday of all the USC commits and recruits from the game.

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