"Yeah, the decision has been made," Turner told WeAreSC.com "I'll be a Trojan, yes sir."
Turner, the latest in a line of athletic 6-5 receivers who have committed to USC in recent years, was the talk of San Antonio last week during practices leading up to the Army All-American Bowl. He is currently ranked as the #3 wide receiver in the nation by scout.com and he's considered one of the truly elite players in this class (52 receptions for 931 yards and 10 touchdowns).
What makes it even more impressive as far as USC is concerned is that the Trojans were able to withstand a late push from home-state Tennessee Volunteers, a school that traditionally doesn't lose many top players from within their boundaries. USC had long been one of the top choices on Turner's list, he was a big fan of the fact that we played freshmen receivers, and it was shaping up to be a Trojan vs Miami Hurricane battle as Patrick had made clear he didn't have any interest in the local school. That changed in recent weeks, however, when Tennessee convinced him to take a visit prior to leaving for the Army game. Patrick had already decided to eliminate Miami and he ended up taking the trip to Knoxville where they aplied all the hometown pressure they could in that situation.
Turner took off for San Antonio with a lot of confusion in his mind. His heart was with the Trojans, he saw himself playing in this offense and on his official visit in September he was waving a victory sign following the win over Colorado State. The push from the Volunteers had an effect though and Patrick was truly considering staying close to home. One key for the Trojans was the efforts of Mark Sanchez as Mark had Patrick's ear the entire time they were in Texas and it was clear that made a difference. Sanchez now has a tall target to shoot for in the future and hopefully this class will also add Desean Jackson to form a dangerous passing trio.