Baxter's keeping his options open

Dillon Baxter had envisioned playing football for USC and Pete Carroll ever since he can remember. He was offerd a scholarship and committed to USC almost a year and half ago. And he was as loyal to the Trojans as any prospect, until last Friday when the news surfaced that Carroll would leave USC to coach the Seattle Seahawks.

"I don't know what to think right now," Baxter told us last Friday night after he was named U.S. Army Player of the Year. "I need to get home and think about things."

When Baxter got home on Monday he had 65 messages waiting for him from college coaches, the media and others. One of the messages was from the Oregon coaching staff and the end result from Baxter's conversation with the Ducks, was a planned official visit to Eugene this weekend.

"Dillon will take an official visit to Oregon," Baxter's step father, Anthony Mooney said. "He talked to all of the Oregon coaches on Tuesday night and they told Dillon he would come in as a quarterback. He's really excited about that opportunity."

Although Baxter is confused and not certain about his future, he does consider himself a USC commit and is taking a look at other schools, and keeping his options open.

"Dillon still considers himself a Trojan, but he's unsure about what the new coaching staff has planned for him," said Mooney. "When we hear from the coaches at USC, I'll be more than willing to drive Dillon up to USC to meet with the coaches."

It's not difficult to understand why Baxter isn't sure about about his commitment to USC without any communication with the new coaches, but that can easily be worked out after a meeting with Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and the rest of the staff.

Baxter and his family plan on contacting USC today and we'll have more on his status later today. Top Stories