Marc Tyler commits to Trojans

After three trips to South Bend and the commitment of teammate Jimmy Clausen to the Irish, there was a buzz that Marc Tyler would follow Clausen to Notre Dame. That would have been a huge blow to USC and Pete Carroll, but after talking with his father, Tyler decided the Trojans were the team for him.

Tyler is set to announce on ESPNU Thursday June 15 that he's committing to USC, ending any speculation he might choose Notre Dame.

However, there was plenty of doubt whether he'd end up at USC after his last trip to South Bend. Tyler even told Allen Wallace on April 24 he was 70 percent sure he would commit to Notre Dame.

"After I got home and the hype wore off from Jimmy's commitment and all of the excitement at Notre Dame, I decided I couldn't see myself there for four years," Tyler said. "Notre Dame is a great school and Charlie Weis is a great coach, but USC just felt right. I've actually felt I'd go to USC for a long time, but I just had to make sure. I love the coaches at SC, the intensity, the energy and the style of football they play."

Tyler was asked if part of the attraction at USC were the commitment of two of the top quarterbacks in the country, Aaron Corp and Samson Szakacsy.

"I knew those two had committed to USC and it's definitely something to consider when looking at a team I'll playing for," Tyler said. Tyler also speaks on occasion, to Trojan commit Chris Galippo, who informed three weeks ago Tyler and two others had committed to USC, but they would hold off announcing.

Tyler was also aware running back Broderick Green was a USC commit and that the depth chart was stacked at the running back position.

"I'm not worried about that," Tyler said. "I have a lot of confidence in what I can do and at USC the best play. All I can ask for is an opportunity to compete, and I'll have that. It would be the same at any school."

Tyler's father, Wendell, was star running back at UCLA and the Rams and Tyler said he had his father's blessing to attend USC.

"He doesn't have any problem with me going to USC," Tyler said. "He said I should go to the school that I felt most comfortable with."

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