Greg Townsend Jr. staying home, picks USC

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rather than head to his father's alma mater of TCU, defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills) will stay close to home and attend USC.

"It was a tough decision but my family and I feels like this is the place for me to be," Townsend said. "Coach Monte Kiffin is an amazing coach he and coach [Ed] Orgeron will make me a much better player."

He might also get some tips from his dad, former NFL star Greg Townsend Sr.

"I'll be able to stay home and maybe dad will help me work on some more technique," Townsend Jr. joked.

Townsend Sr. played 12 seasons in the NFL and compiled over 100 sacks, mostly with the Los Angeles Raiders.

Despite being hit by sanctions and scholarship reductions from the NCAA, the Trojans are putting together another top 10 recruiting class. Townsend Jr. attributes the success to the staff.

"Players know that going to USC will prepare you for the next level," Townsend Jr. said. "That staff is the best in the country."

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.