Wednesday, June 26, 2013
USC grabs commitment No. 6 from OL
By Blair Angulo
Three-star offensive lineman Jordan Austin (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) needed a few hours to discuss the newly acquired offer from USC with his mother, but when he did, it was a no-brainer.
Mother knows best, after all.
Austin committed to the Trojans on Wednesday night, just hours after receiving an offer from the coaching staff at USC’s Rising Stars Camp. He said he would have given assistant coaches James Cregg and Mike Summers his verbal pledge on the spot inside the team’s conference room, but only his father and younger brother were on campus with him.
“The coaches were ecstatic when I made the call,” Austin said. “They were very happy that I made the decision to be a Trojan.”
With the newest addition, USC has moved on from the decommitment of ESPN 300 offensive tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton).
Austin became the sixth member in the 2014 recruiting class, which is made up entirely of linemen. He’s the third offensive lineman in the group, joining guard Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) and tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day School).
Austin, who had Harvard among his list of offers, intends to graduate from high school in December and enroll at USC in time for the spring semester.
“When it comes down to recruiting, if I commit somewhere, it means I’ve evaluated that school to all the limits and that’s where I want to go,” he said shortly after receiving the USC offer.