Lawrence Jackson is a Trojan

It always seemed like a foregone conclusion that Inglewood (Calif.) defensive end Lawrence Jackson would eventually commit to USC. Jackson has decided to go public with his commitment, a commitment he actually made private some time ago.


"Yeah, I'm a Trojan," Jackson said. "I actually committed to them about six weeks ago but I asked them to keep it quiet for me which they did and I'm thankful for that. I went to a practice and I just figured, I know I'm going to come here so I might as well get it over with. I wanted to take my trips and I thought if my commitment was out there, it would hurt that, that's why I kept it quiet.

"I decided to go public now because I think it could help with the rest of the recruiting class. I know there's a lot of players who like USC but are waiting to make their decisions. Now that I've committed, hopefully others will want to follow that and commit too. Plus now I can recruit other players I know to come and play here.

"I think the future at USC is very bright. They're rolling right now on both sides of the ball and the amazing thing is Pete Carroll doesn't even have all of his players in the program yet. Defensively, they have a lot of injuries to key players but they're still dominating everyone. I'm excited to play in that defense and I can't wait to play for Coach (Ed) Orgeron. He's the best defensive line coach there is and I know he'll bring out the best in me."

Jackson, who we have as the top rated defensive player on the West Coast, said he still wants to take his visits but the next one he'll be taking is to USC November 29 when the Trojans take on Notre Dame. Top Stories