Murrieta (Calif.) ATH Su'a Cravens (6-1, 205) planned on taking trips to Nebraska and Michigan before he announced his commitment, but last week cancelled those trips and committed to USC today.
"USC is doing great recruiting again this year, I'm very close with the staff and some of the players on the team, and I want to be a part of that," said Cravens. "I knew USC was the place for me and I couldn't pass that up. I literally have talked to the coaching staff 100 times. USC also has a top-10 business school and that was a big factor. If I wouldn't have chosen USC, I think my mom would have killed me."
The position he'll play in college is a much talked about topic.
"They want me for safety or linebacker," Cravens said.
Since USC began pursuing Cravens, the Trojans hired a new DBs and LBs coach.
"USC does a great job with hiring good coaches like Coach (Marvin) Sanders," said Cravens.
Cravens has visited USC on numerous occasions and we asked if each trip to USC felt more and more like USC was home for him?
Yeah, it did,". "But that happens when you have the same coaches talking to you everyday and whenever you're up there at SC."
We asked Cravens if he was a bit skeptical, like many others, that USC would not be able to get back to the point where they could be ranked No.1 in the nation preseason this early/fast?
"No I wasn't," he said. "I always knew that no matter what happens to USC, top recruits would want to go there.. It's just a good place to be.. But the same with Ohio state and Miami.. They got sanctions, but they still get the best of the best because they're known for being top dogs. USC just handled it better."
Cravens said he wants to still take official visits to schools like Michigan, Texas, Ohio State, Florida and others schools.
Craven's commitment to USC vaults the Trojans to No. 18 in the team recruiting ranking at 247Sports.