Top Tight End Headed to USC

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Xavier Grimble (6-6, 240), the nation's premier tight end, is heading to USC. Look inside for all the details.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Xavier Grimble (6-6, 240), the nation's premier tight end, is heading to the Pac-10.

"I went to SC for the first time. The coaches really put it on you and you come back feeling like they really want you. I went to SC and was leaning there, went to Oklahoma and was leaning there and went back to SC. I sat down by myself and was thinking hard, thinking about all of the situations, the school, the team. USC was just the spot for me."

Grimble was initially planning to take some time with his decision, but decided to end the process.

"We didn't plan on making a decision this fast. This was one of the hardest and most stressful decisions I've ever made in my life," said Grimble. "We were looking at USC then Oklahoma and then USC. I had narrowed it down to Oklahoma, USC and Florida. I thought I'd be able to go away far, and with a chance to go to a school like SC, it was hard to pass up. I like Florida, I like Brian White. And then I told Coach (Bob) Stoops I was committing to USC and that was the hardest thing I ever did, after building that relationship."

USC, though, ultimately had too much in favor for them.

"What really pushed SC over the edge, you look at the school, Pete Carroll is as good as it gets. I really couldn't have gone wrong with any choice. I looked at the depth chart and Anthony McCoy is leaving. I'll be filling in the spot that Anthony McCoy is in. And there are not a lot of guys to take his place." Grimble built a strong relationship with the USC staff as well.

"I talked to Brennan Carroll and Jethro Franklin and Coach (Pete) Carroll and they were all happy for me. My family is excited too. They wanted me to go there," said Grimble.

Grimble will also be near some family.

"My brother lives in Manhattan Beach so we've got some family members there. And California is only a 30 minute flight and a four-hour drive. So home is not too far away," said Grimble.

Grimble's commitment gives the Trojans their sixth commitment in the Class of 2010, and second from a tight end, joining Randall Telfer, who committed earlier this month. Top Stories