Bing leaning to Troy?

Darnell Bing is a 6-3, 215-pound safety prospect from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, and lately Darnell has been having to fight off urges to jump in with the rest of his Poly classmates and join the USC 2002 recruiting class. With Manual Wright and Hershel Dennis already announcing their intentions and lineman Winston Justice on the fence, Bing still has a little work left in the process before he's ready to call it a done deal.

"No, not yet," Darnell told when asked if he's already committed to the Trojans. "I'm just leaning heavily to them right now, but I haven't made a decision yet. I think I'll make my decision this next week."

The other two schools still involved are Washington and Oregon. "I took a visit to Oregon on the 18th and that's the last trip I'm going to take."

Any contact with the Husky coaches lately? "I talked to Coach Neuheisel and Coach Williams last week," he said. "They told me that if I came up to Washington that I would have a chance to compete for the starting safety position. All the schools are saying that." And that's exactly what he's looking for. "I see myself playing next year."

Getting to know Darnell off the field, it's amazing that he's the same guy that causes total havoc on it. "Well, I'm a pretty quiet person," he said. "I'm a different person when I get on the field. I get pretty wild and it's a lot of fun out there. I want to take charge out there."

Now that things are wrapping up for Darnell, we asked him to rate some of the different aspects of the schools that he visited. Best stadium? "I didn't get a chance to see Oregon's stadium, so I would have to say out of USC and Washington I like Washington's the best."

Coaching staff? "I like SC's coaching staff the best." And which area did you like the most? "I would have to say USC because it rains a lot at Oregon and Washington."

Best restaurant? "The best restaurant I went to was Keyshawn Johnson's restaurant. I had baby-back ribs. Those were nice."

Was their a player or coach that stood out on any of his visits? "I don't know right now, but probably in a couple of years I'll figure that out."

While Darnell waits for signing day he's still doing his part to stay in playing shape. "I'm running track," he said. He's going to be running the 4x100, 4x400 and the 200 for the Jackrabbits this spring.

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