While the standout Beverly Hills (Calif.) defensive end shot down rumors earlier this month he had pledged to the Trojans, Townsend will attend the upcoming Rising Stars camp.
USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron will likely point Townsend to a statue just outside Heritage Hall in June, that of the legendary 1969 defensive line known as "The Wild Bunch." That group and their 2002 successors are at the heart of Orgeron's recruiting pitch.
Townsend admitted it's hard not to get caught up when Orgeron and other coaches give their best sells.
"After you talk to a coach, you're so excited about that school, but the way my dad has me thinking now, after I talk to coaches, I feed that information in. I'll evaluate it later. I just go back to normal as soon as the phone call or meeting is over," Townsend said.
His father, a 13-year NFL veteran, has helped shaped Townend's process for the better.
"My dad, he has made it a lot easier for me. He told me to calm down and just take it all in. ‘Just relax. Don't worry about making any decisions. You've got time for that.' I'm not under any pressure to make any type of decision soon," Townsend said.
Townsend will not make an announcement until the Under Armour All-American Game next January at the earliest and could wait until signing day.
"I don't know about my other two yet. I'm still deciding," Townsend said.
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