Two big-time high school players USC has been recruiting for a while -- defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills) and athlete Devon Blackmon (Fontana, Calif./Summit) -- will announce their college decisions during the Under Armour All-America Football Game today, airing at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN.
Townsend Jr., the son of former Los Angeles Raider defensive end Greg Townsend, will pick between USC and TCU, the school his father went to. He long has been considered a likely USC commit. Blackmon has publicly said he will pick from USC, UCLA and Oregon, but he's expected to choose between UCLA and Oregon.
Townsend will announce at halftime, Blackmon during the third quarter. National Signing Day, of course, is next month. All decisions are tentative until then.
Other players USC has recruited will be playing in the game, including five-star offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), defensive tackle Christian Heyward (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) and Arizona offensive linemen Christian Westerman (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Cyrus Hobbi (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro), among others.
Committed Trojans suiting up in St. Petersburg, Fla. include: defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft), quarterback Max Wittek (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Mater Dei), long snapper Peter McBride (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) and kicker Andre Heidari (Bakersfield, Calif./Stockdale). The latter three are expected to begin classes at USC on Monday and participate in spring practice in March.
We'll have a scouting report Thursday of all the USC commits and recruits from the game.