Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) junior four-star cornerback Thomas Graham has always referred to USC as his dream school, but in a statement Tuesday, Graham officially de-commit from the Trojans.
“This wasn’t an easy decision, but after talking it over with my family and coaches, I have decided to announce that I am de-committing from the University of Southern California.
“I would like to thank the USC coaching staff, especially Coach Helton and the fans for the opportunity they gave me and the love they showed me.”
Graham "re-opened" his recruitment in January, but stated that he would not officially de-commit from USC or make any further recruiting moves until he took his five allotted official visits. Graham is on track to graduate in December.
“Even if I felt like I wanted to de-commit, I wouldn’t do that,” said Graham in March. “My dad and I talked about it, and I really want to take my five official visits before I decided on anything else."
Graham, who committed last summer when Steve Sarkisian was still the head coach for the Trojans, did comment further on considering USC moving forward with his recruitment.
“Yes, I still am considering USC,” said Graham. “They are my dream school, so I am still considering USC among my choices going forward.”
The de-commitment comes as USC still appears to be transitioning in their recruiting strategy. While the Trojans coaching staff recruited by position under Steve Sarksian, under Clay Helton, USC appears to be going back to a more traditional area recruitment of prospects.
Graham just got back from unofficially visiting Notre Dame, and has also been in communication with coaches from UCLA, Arizona State among others.
Graham’s older sister, Jasmyne, is freshman hurdler for the Trojans.