BATON ROUGE, La. – The verdict is in – and it is USC.
John Curtis Christian running back
Joe McKnight made it official in a press conference in River Ridge Wednesday
morning that he will attend Southern
The 5-11, 193 pound running back
announced his decision choosing the Trojans over LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama.
"I will attend the University of Southern California," McKnight said. "It
was a close decision, very close. But I sat down with my mom and laid out the
pros and cons of all the schools and we both agreed that this was the best
decision for me. It feels very good right now."
The mood in Baton Rouge was one of
cautious optimism, that was until McKnight pulled out the maroon USC hat from
under the table and placed it on his head. Thousands of groans rolled throughout
the Baton Rouge River Center
at the 12th annual Bayou Bash Recruiting Party in downtown Baton Rouge as almost
5,000 fans watched McKnight's press conference on three big screens
"I think everyone in Louisiana is surprised at
the moment," said Tiger Rag senior recruiting analyst Sonny Shipp. "Although
everyone felt USC was a real threat, everyone also probably felt that the
distance factor would pull him to LSU."
Despite the loss of McKnight to
Los Angeles, LSU
is still expected to finish with a top five recruiting class. No. 1 rated
wideout prospect Terrance Toliver of Hempstead, Texas committed to the Tigers on Tuesday and
should highlight the Tigers signing class. Also, LSU is awaiting word on Baton
Rouge-Southern Lab's Chad Jones, the nation's No. 1 rated safety.
"Even though LSU lost out on
McKnight, this should be an outstanding class," Shipp said. "With the amount of
quality prospects LSU has secured, the Tigers should finish anywhere from third
to fifth in the final recruiting rankings."
Stay tuned to TigerRag.com
throughout the day for continuing recruiting coverage of National Signing