USC Trojans: 070313 opening commitments

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The battle between the Los Angeles schools for Northern California-based outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) ended Wednesday when the ESPN 300 member officially committed to USC at The Opening.

It had been a back-and-forth recruitment ever since the Trojans offered the four-star prospect a scholarship in early March, but Calhoun gave his verbal pledge to USC, where his sister, Deanna, is a redshirt sophomore on the women’s basketball team.

Calhoun thought about visiting some schools this fall before making his choice but apparently saw enough during his unofficial trips to the Los Angeles schools. He also considered offers from Arizona State, Cal and Miami (Fla.).

“I wanted to get the decision out of the way and focus on my senior season,” Calhoun said. “I’ve known for about two weeks.”

Calhoun became commit No. 7 in USC’s recruiting class, which heading into Wednesday was made up entirely of linemen. ESPN 300 offensive guard Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) was the USC representative at The Opening during the week. The Trojans signed two outside linebackers in the previous recruiting cycle -- four-star prospects Michael Hutchings and Quinton Powell.

Calhoun’s commitment might have further implications as it relates to highly coveted teammate Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito), a four-star cornerback who earlier in the week said he intends to officially visit both UCLA and USC in the fall before committing. Calhoun, Pickett and good friend Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) have talked about playing together in college, though Mixon, the No. 9-rated running back, said at The Opening he has cooled a bit on the Trojans and doesn’t know if they’ll crack his top 10 when he releases it in two weeks.

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