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2017 four-star Stephen Carr says he's committed to USC, but looking

2017 four-star Stephen Carr explains his commitment status with USC and what he's hearing from the Trojans after softening his stance.

Fontana (Calif.) Summit running back Stephen Carr wants it to be known that he available. Well, sort of.

The No. 2 rusher in the 2017 class recently backed away from his commitment to USC, but not all the way. 

“Still committed, but looking.” That’s how he describes it. 

So what changed? Nothing really.

“Opening up my recruitment because I’d like to hear what other programs have to offer for me and see how the programs compare to USC,” Carr said. “Just to have it out there so that other schools can get involved and it’ll be an easier time for me and them to communicate.”

With a full year before National Signing Day comes for his class, the No. 21 player in the Class of 2017 is hoping to see some of the top schools in the country. Carr remains a big fan of USC, but he wants to check out some other schools, check out some other areas outside of Southern California, explore some other programs and determine if staying home at USC is the right choice for his future.

“Hopefully, other schools offer so I can take some official visits there to see how all of this plays out.”

Other schools had continued to reach out to Carr despite his Trojan pledge last spring. He was hearing from Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma during the season. He wants to make sure other schools know the door isn’t shut. It might not be wide open and air-conditioning the entire neighborhood, but it is at least cracked. 

Carr said he has been hearing from LSU and Texas recently. Notre Dame is a school that presents intrigue.

“Notre Dame would also be a great school to go and visit to see how their program is different from USC. That would be a good place to go look.”

But there is one school that Carr is still hoping will begin to show him some recruiting love. It happens to be coming off a national championship. Alabama also currently holds the commitment of the only running back rated above Carr — Antioch (Calif.) five-star Najee Harris.

The two hung out at a B2G 7v7 event during the summer and at USC’s Rising Stars Camp. There is much respect between the two top junior backs. The two have each said they wouldn’t be opposed to potentially playing together, knowing they would be competing day in and day out against each other in practice.

“We follow each other on social media. He posts something. I give him feedback. I post something. He gives me feedback,” Carr said. “It’d be a great experience for me and Najee to play at the same school, but it will also be a good experience to play against each other. To compare and to compete. It’ll go good either way.”

If the two were to end up together in one recruiting class, it’d likely be at Alabama or USC, which should make next season’s opener between the schools an interesting matchup for the pair of California backs.

Carr said he has remained in consistent contact with the USC coaching staff, so don’t expect the Trojans to just fade away into anonymity.

“They’ve been keeping me updated and telling me what’s going to go on. Everything that they are telling me right now, I’m still liking.”

The 6-foot, 180-pounder said he hasn’t planned a trip from the Inland Empire just yet, but does want to get to the USC campus to meet with the new coaches and see how the coaching staff has shaken out.


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