It appears to be a matter of when, not if, WR Jalen Christian of Damascus, MD will make a commitment to USC. "Getting close, real close. South Carolina is my leader," Christian said. "Everything after them is kind of canceled out. I'm still talking to my mom about everything. I guess we'll see but I'm coming close, though."
Christian said he has no absolute date in mind for making a commitment saying it could be this month or next, and definitely no later than July.
"I just want to be 100% sure, while I have the chance, I want to be 100% sure I can stay focus in that school and get my education and come out with a degree," Christian said. "I just want to be 100% sure I can trust myself and be a mature person to get my education and do the things I need to do in order to succeed. That's what's taking just a little big longer."
USC recruiter GA Mangus was by the school on Monday and Gamecock receiver coach Steve Spurrier Jr. was there April 30th. Christian has talked with both men.
"It was nothing really serious," he said. "I'm very comfortable with them and we had a fun conversation. We talk about more than football. We talk about academics and life."
Virginia, Temple, Wisconsin and Towson are other schools that have been thru this spring. Christian has 22 offers including Clemson, Virginia Tech, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Michigan and North Carolina. He said Maryland is the only other school he's considering besides USC at this point. And he feels USC offers him some things the others can't.
"It just remind me of my hometown," he said. "The community is very involved with football and it's a college town, too. Bruce Ellington and Damiere Byrd are my height and they've had successful years as Gamecocks. I can see myself playing the same role as them."'
Christian last visited USC in the spring of 2013 and he plans to get back this summer. He has not visited anywhere this spring because of his track schedule.
Last season Christian had about 800 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving despite missing three games with an injury.