February 02, 2011
De'Anthony Thomas sure knows how to keep things interesting.
The five-star athlete plans to make his final decision whether he will stick with his USC commitment which he made in May or if he'll switch and sign with Oregon. Washington has also been mentioned but isn't considered a strong player at this point.
But recruiting fans will have to wait until 6 p.m. Pacific time because that's when Thomas plans to make his final determination from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw.
His decision will not only impact USC and Oregon but it could be a major influence in the final Rivals.com recruiting rankings. If Thomas stays with the Trojans, they are projected to finish No. 1 for the second consecutive year. However, if the Black Mamba changes to Oregon, Alabama should stay in the No. 1 spot.
Thomas' move to stay at USC would most likely put the Trojans No.1 again but that wouldn't have been possible without another huge finish on National Signing Day.
Coach Lane Kiffin and his staff closed phenomenally well and landed four-star linebacker Lamar Dawson, four-star offensive guard Aundrey Walker, four-star defensive tackle Christian Heyward and three-star athlete Javorius Allen all on Wednesday.
There is also a chance four-star receiver Junior Pomee and three-star cornerback Ryan Henderson, teammates at Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, could join the class as well. They're supposed to announce sometime around 5 p.m. Pacific.
That is an impressive haul for the Trojans but if Thomas skips town and heads to Oregon it won't be enough to beat Alabama in the Rivals.com team rankings.
The Crimson Tide had a huge day as well first getting four-star defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan this morning and following that up with four-star Brent Calloway, who originally committed to Alabama, then flipped to Auburn and has now signed with coach Nick Saban's club.
Rounding out the top five at this point are Auburn, Florida State and Texas, respectively. Five-star running back James Wilder Jr., and five-star safety Karlos Williams signed with the Seminoles without much fanfare this morning. FSU landed a big pledge later in the day when four-star defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan picked the Seminoles over LSU, Florida and others.