Gwaltney Going Into Decision Mode

Running back Jason Gwaltney of North Babylon, N.Y. continues to insist he is not yet committed to USC, despite reports. Last night, Gary Housteau caught up with him to get the latest on where things stand and where things will go from here.

Rumors were rampant this past weekend, some from very credible sources, whether or not Jason Gwaltney committed to USC on his official visit there. So just what was the latest information that the big back from North Babylon, NY had to pass along? And is he or is he not still committed to West Virginia now?

"I de-committed from West Virginia and I like USC a lot. I also like Ohio State and West Virginia," Gwaltney said Monday night. "Right now, I'm just going to take this time, until Jan. 15, to sort it out and decide what school I want to go to."

If he did give a verbal pledge to USC or a "silent verbal" to the Trojan staff, he certainly isn't owning up to it publicly.

"No, there was no indication," Gwaltney said. "I was hosted by Alex Holmes the starting tight end. He showed me around town. I got to see the campus. The weather was great. The coaching staff was unbelievable. And the players, the bond and the family tie they got with each other is something that I want to be a part of."

His experience was even greater than his expectations on his visit.

"Without a doubt," Gwaltney said. "I got to talk to a lot of players on the team and everybody is cool with everything. It's like they maximize the fun that they can have, but then they also compete on the field at an elite level obviously, being the national champions right now."

He admits that it's very exciting that USC wants him to be the one to tote the pigskin for them in the future.

"It's an honor in itself, that's the biggest program around now," Gwaltney said. "For them to feel that way is just great."

So where does that leave Ohio State at this juncture?

"I like Ohio State a lot. Their coaching staff is good, but I don't think their coaching staff brings what Coach Carroll and them bring to the table in my eyes," Gwaltney said. "Just the prestige and where the team is going to be in the future is a big thing for me."

Gwaltney's relationship with the coaching staff has been his number one requisite all along. It's what sold him initially on West Virginia, and it endeared him to Ohio State after visiting there. But now the edge goes to USC after his most recent visit.

"It's definitely setting them apart because I really do like their coaching staff," he said. "The weather was great, being close to Hollywood was great, but when it's all said and done it's the coaching staff that I really, really liked."

All that said, Gwaltney claims that Ohio State and West Virginia still have a legitimate shot to land him on Feb. 2.

"They all have a shot. They all have a chance," Gwaltney said. "West Virginia, USC, and Ohio State all have a shot."

Is his mind already made up even though he'll wait until Jan. 15 at the Army All-American Bowl to announce his commitment?

"No, it's not," Gwaltney said. "They all have a shot. I'm just going to talk it over with my family and see what's right for me to do."


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