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Crenshaw's Thomas picks better stage

Choosing Oregon over USC, the LA native made an emotional decision for himself

Updated: February 4, 2011, 11:34 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- He has been the guy in Los Angeles for the past five years. Rated and reviewed before he ever picked a high school.

He was a Pop Warner legend, affectionately nicknamed the "Black Mamba" by rapper Snoop Dogg.

If ever there was a kid USC and UCLA wanted to keep home, it was Crenshaw High's DeAnthony Thomas.

And up until 48 hours ago, it seemed the Trojans would be able to.

Then, in the recruiting equivalent of their famous no-huddle offense, ...

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