Report: Mays will return to USC for senior season

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

In a fairly big surprise, All-American safety Taylor Mays will return to USC for his senior season, according to the LA Daily News.

The Daily News also reported that cornerback/safety Josh Pinkard and running back C.J. Gable also will return for the 2009 season.

"They are all returning," Trojans coach Pete Carroll told the Daily News.

Mays likely would have been selected in the top half of the first round if he had entered the NFL draft.

USC now awaits quarterback Mark Sanchez's decision.

The deadline for declaring for the NFL draft is Thursday.