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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
WR Massington decommits from USC

By Damon Sayles

ESPN 300 wide receiver Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) is a free agent again.

After discussing his recruiting situation with his parents and his recruiting coordinator, Massington decided Tuesday that he will decommit from USC and reopen his process. Ranked No. 167 in the ESPN 300, Massington said he’s open to all programs that are still interested in him.

Committed to USC since May 4, Massington tore the ACL in his left knee at a Tennessee camp he attended with West Mesquite teammates in July. In August, Massington said USC still would honor his scholarship, and he made public that he would graduate high school early in an effort to arrive in Los Angeles for further rehabilitation on his knee.

Massington, however, said his decommitment stems from recent conversations with the USC coaching staff. He said his mid-year arrival to the campus would be delayed.

“I won’t be able to get to USC in January, and I need to get somewhere for my knee to make sure it really gets to 100 percent,” said Massington, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver. “I want to make sure it gets professional rehab.

“It’s pretty frustrating for me. I’ve been working my butt off. My knee feels good right now. I can start running routes.”

Massington doesn’t have any schools as favorites currently, but Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, UCLA and a host of other programs have extended offers. He doesn’t have any visits scheduled at this time, but he is looking to set up visits very quickly.