Duarte Cancels USC Visit

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tight end Thomas Duarte just committed to UCLA two weeks -- but then scheduled an official visit to USC for this weekend. The talented prospect, however, changed plans Friday morning...


Thomas Duarte, the UCLA-committed tight end prospect, has cancelled his official visit to USC for this weekend.

Greg Biggins wrote this morning:

Just received a text from the mother of Duarte saying they have decided to cancel the visit to USC this weekend and he's 100% solid in his commitment to UCLA. Huge development, since for me, Duarte is a difference maker at the next level.

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Thomas Duarte had maintained a solid top five all year of Oregon, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Washington with offers from each school except the Trojans. Despite the lack of an offer, Duarte said the Trojans stayed in contact all season telling him to be patient and see if one opens up.

While at the Semper Fidellis All-American game practices two weeks ago, Duarte said he was ready to move on and make his decision. He announced for UCLA but it doesn't sound like his recruitment is quite over just yet.

"He's going to take an official visit to USC this weekend," Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said. "They haven't offered yet and there is no promises at all. They have been very up front with Thomas about that.

"The visit is for Thomas to see what USC is about in case an offer were to pop later in the process. This way he'll be better informed about SC and can a make a final decision having already checked out the place."

It's no secret that Duarte grew up a big USC fan and they were the early leaders going back to last spring/summer. If USC were to offer, would the athlete flip his commitment this late in the process? Tough to say, but we could find out soon enough with Signing Day rapidly approaching just three weeks away.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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