Ahmad Paige trip recap

Ahmad Paige took his final official visit to USC last weekend (Feb. 2-4) and at that time had Florida and Tennessee as his favorites. Throughout the process, Paige had talked about visiting USC, but that was it. His only knowledge of USC came from the Trojan coaching staff and what he'd seen on television. The visit provided him an opportunity to see what USC had to offer

"I've liked USC for a while, but I didn't know much about the school or what it was like out there," Paige said. "Without seeing the school, I really couldn't slot USC in with the other school. All I could go on is what the coaches told me.

"Now that I've had a chance to see USC, they have a shot. I had a real good time on my trip. I had a lot of fun talking to the guys. I thought they (USC) would only have guys from California, but they have a lot of guys from far away. Everyone is like family and they all love the coaches."

How good USC's chances are is unknown, but he said he's narrowed his choices to two.

"I'm down to USC and Tennessee," Paige said. "At Tennessee they have great coaches and they really take care of you. With USC, I'd have the opportunity to play early with only five receivers returning. They have a great offense and great traditions."

Paige was asked if the distance from Sterlington, LA would be an obstacle in choosing the Trojans.

"I don‘think so, at all," Paige said. "There's (Damian) Williams from Springdale (AR), John David Booty from Shreveport (LA) and (Broderick) Green from Little Rock (AR)--and Joe McKnight's could also be there, and he's from Louisiana, too. They said the first month is hard, but after that, it's gets easier."

Paige said he'll announce his decision Feb. 7 on ESPNU at 9 am CST.

We'll contact Paige after his announcement to get his thoughts on his commitment to Tennessee or USC.


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