USC, Oregon nab elite recruits

Oregon and USC picked up key recruiting commitments at the Under Armour All-American Game.

The Ducks received word from four-star athlete Devon Blackmon (Fontana, Calif./Summit). Rated the nation's No. 39-ranked player, he picked the Ducks over USC and UCLA. California, Alabama, Washington, Florida, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, North Carolina and Boise State.

Meanwhile, USC bolstered its defensive line with the commitment of ESPNU 150 defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. (Beverly Hills, Calif.).

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect selected the Trojans over Washington and TCU. UCLA, Oregon, Miami, LSU, California, Arizona, Arizona State, Tennessee and Florida.

The Trojans 24th commitment is the son of former Oakland Raider Greg Townsend, who played for TCU.

ESPN's Craig Haubert said of Townsend, "USC is proving that they can overcome some the stigma of NCAA sanctions especially when it comes to recruiting in their own backyard. Townsend Jr. brings good ability as a pass rusher to Troy. He has good size and could develop into a defensive tackle or swing player for the Trojans. The son of a former NFL defensive end, Townsend has a good feel for getting to the quarterback. He gets off the ball well, is active with his hands, and has a good command of a few pass rush moves. With Townsend on board the Trojans top six commitments are all from Southern California and all reside in the ESPNU 150. Townsend is a good football player and a good pickup and continues to show that USC can be a recruiting force in its own backyard."

ESPN's Tom Luginbill said of the Ducks getting Blackmon, "You always here us talk about not only recruiting great players but the right players for your school. Considering Blackmon's speed, athleticism and ability to make plays in space, he's the perfect fit for Chip Kelly's offense."

The 6-foot, 180-pound talent is the 20th commitment.