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Stephen Carr remains committed to USC while others swarm with offers

Soft verbal commit Stephen Carr has been hauling in offers, but USC continues to lead the way for the nation's No. 2 running back.

In early January, four-star Fontana (Calif.) Summit running back Stephen Carr backed away from his commitment to USC. Well…kind of.

The nation’s No. 2 running back prospect remains adamant that he is committed to the Trojans, just as a soft commit. Carr wanted to taste the recruiting process, feel the love, hear what other schools had to offer and then make his final decision.

But why stay committed to USC in the first place? Carr sounds like a hopeless romantic when describing his relationship with the Trojans.

“There’s just something about it. There’s just something about it that I can't leave it alone, man,” Carr said. “The coaching staff, Coach [Clay] Helton. Coach Helton is one of a kind. That's what I can say. He's one of a kind.”

Carr still talks with USC on a day-to-day basis and there hasn’t been much different since his ‘de-commitment.’

“We still keep in touch. It's basically still the same thing as if I was a hard commit. Nothing has changed.”

The Summit tailback is working to build a relationship with USC’s new running backs coach Tommie Robinson, but before that could happen, Carr put Robinson through a round of 20 questions to learn about his background.

“When I talked to him, he pretty much answered all the questions I needed to know,” Carr said. “‘How long he's been coaching?’ ‘What's your favorite player that you've coached?’ He was just putting me up on all of the players that he's coached and things like that. Showed me how much experience he has.”

The 6-foot rusher said he’s up to 198 pounds after he was at 180-185 during the season. He’s been staying in the weight room, trying to build strength. He’s also working hard in the offseason to make himself a more versatile running back through his time on the 7-on-7 circuit.

“Improve on my agility and my catches out of the backfield. That's all I'm looking for out here. I'm in the weight room right now, so my power is still going up. Trying to get faster. That's really it.”

But will Trojans see Carr’s improved game in cardinal and gold in the future? 

Carr has been one of the West’s hottest prospects, recently collecting offers from across the country, including Michigan, Washington, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Nebraska. He said none of the offers he’s recently received have stood out above all the others, but he wants to give them all a fair look.

If he could, Carr would take an unofficial visit to every school that has offered him a scholarship. However, he knows the logistics and financial issues with having that type of travel itinerary, so he knows he’s going to have to pick and choose what schools he can visit during the offseason.

“Plane tickets, man. We've got to pay for these visits, so I've just got to narrow it down and see what unofficials I'm going to take because it's probably just going to be a select few.”

Choosing which schools he officially and unofficially visits is something Carr thinks he’ll begin to do at the start of summer.

“That's when I'm going to start seeing how it's all going. Me and Thomas [Graham], that's my recruiting buddy, we're probably going to start during May trying to think about the things we're going to do over the summer.”

Carr said he wants to try to get his list of schools down to five or six before his senior season and while he doesn’t have much of an inclination on the rest, the one school already penciled in is USC.

“Automatically it's USC. That's for sure. But besides that I wouldn't know.”

As of now, he just can’t quit USC. Top Stories