- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Eldridge Massington's verbal commitment to USC on Friday didn't come as much of a surprise, as the 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver had USC as his top school even before an offer was extended. But that doesn't take anything away from the importance of the commitment of the Mesquite, Texas, standout for the Trojans.
USC may have several outstanding options at wide receiver right now, but the Trojans needed to add at least one, and most likely two, receivers in the 2013 class. Though several strong receivers call California home, it became obvious that Lane Kiffin and staff had their sights set out of state for the position.
Massington's commitment earns some early recognition for new coaches Marvin Sanders and Tee Martin, who recruited the big receiver. But more importantly, Massington seems to fit incredibly well into Kiffin's offense at USC.
It's easy to say that Kiffin likes to utilize big receivers, but that's only partly true. Much more important traits for Kiffin are receivers who can create explosive plays and play bigger than their frame. Recent receivers Brice Butler and Kyle Prater certainly fit the "big receiver" mold, but couldn't quite hit those other two requirements. Massington seems as though he can check them all off.
He registered 41 receptions for 667 yards and six touchdowns as a junior despite missing the final three games due to turf toe. But likely of more importance to USC coaches, as well as fans, Massington is a track standout, having posted a 10.52 mark in the 100-meter dash and qualifying for next week's Texas Class 4A state meet. That combination of size and speed should allow him to make an impact for USC.
Massington's commitment also gives USC a presence in Texas for the first time since 2008, when USC signed offensive lineman Daniel Campbell, though Campbell never enrolled at USC. If Massington eventually signs with and plays for USC, he'd be the first Texas recruit to do so since Michael Morgan and Emmanuel Moody as part of the 2006 class.
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