Rising Stars' Camp commits

Keyshon Camp was ready to board his plane back to Orlando with three top college choices, but after reconsidering, the four-star defensive tackle decided to leave Los Angeles as a USC commit.

Lakeland (Fla.) four-star defensive tackle Keyshon Camp came to Los Angeles this week with USC has his No. 1 college choice and is leaving the West Coast as a Trojan commit.

 Leaving Los Angeles Saturday, Camp had a top three of USC, Oregon and UCLA. But after discussing his thoughts with his family and the USC coaching staff, Camp decided to end things early.

“I’m announcing I’m officially committing to USC,” said Camp. “I learned a lot from Coach (Chris) Wilson while I was out at the Rising Stars Camp, and he showed me a lot of stuff to make me a better player.

“But just off the field, I got to see a lot of L.A. and the Hollywood lifestyle. I was going to wait and go through some visits, but I just loved it and felt USC was the right fit for me.

"USC has been up there as my No. 1 for so long, I started to wonder why I was waiting. I just decided it was time to go ahead and commit."

Camp becomes the third commitment following the USC Rising Stars Camp. Friday, USC received the commitment of Exton (Pa.) four-star tight end Cary Angeline, who did not participate in the camp.

While the 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle had UCLA in his new top three college choices, he did not unofficially visit Westwood during his stay in Southern California. That in itself hinted of Camp’s feeling toward the cross-town rival Trojans.

“Coach Wilson really just wanted me to see California and the Hollywood life,” said Camp. “He wanted me to go to the beach and see all the great things Cali has to offer.

“He wanted me to feel at home there. Just being out there... I liked it. I love the weather and the lifestyle. Everyone out there is always on the move and it’s very fast paced. I liked that a lot.”

Camp also spent considerable time with several current USC players. Senior nose tackle Antuwan Woods is one in particular that Camp created a bond with while at the Rising Stars Camp.

“We hung out and he just talked a lot about how at USC they’re a very family-oriented team,” said Camp. “They really look out for each other and everything like that. I spent most of my time with the SC players more than the other recruits.”

For Camp, his commitment came down to three very basic factors.

“The atmosphere that is around the team really stands out” said Camp. “The team is close and I get comfortable around those guys. The Hollywood lifestyle of L.A. was also big.
 
“I love the weather and the people -- I have my cousin out there who goes to USC. I just like the West Coast overall. Then I really felt good with the coaches. Me and Coach Wilson have a great relationship. I feel like he really looks out for me.”

Camp may still take official visits next season. Michigan, UCLA and Oregon are now the three schools he is considering for trips.

"Coach Wilson is fine with that and isn't worried. He told me I should visit Michigan in January to see how I like it," Camp said with a laugh. "I think they're confident that USC is the right choice for me. But I'm trying to set up that visit for Michigan in October, not January."

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