Anatomy of a flip 

February, 3, 2011
02/03/11
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The biggest story of the year out West was easily seeing athlete DeAnthony Thomas (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw) flip from his summer commitment to USC and signing with Oregon. While this may have looked like a quick decision for Thomas after taking a last minute trip to Eugene just last weekend, it has actually been in the works for months.

Thomas first committed to the Trojans in May, which surprised some as he said multiple times that he wanted to go through the recruiting process and wasn't planning to make an early decision. The recruiting process was already becoming a little overwhelming and those close to Thomas had advised him to commit early, just to get everyone off his back with the idea that he could still take his visits later in the year.

Thomas actually had a September visit set with Washington and was planning to visit Florida and Cal during the season as well. Those plans fell through but it did give credence to the talk that Thomas wasn't 100 percent sold on playing at USC. In fact, there was talk all year that UCLA had a chance to come in and steal Thomas at different points of the season. Thomas denied those rumors repeatedly, but behind the scenes, there continued to be more and more talk saying the athlete was seriously considering other options and could actually leave the area.

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