Buck Allen commits to USC

For ESPNU 150 RB Javorious "Buck" Allen (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln), his dream has become a reality after he committed to USC over Auburn, Tennessee and Central Florida.

"When I [officially] visited USC, it was so much more than I expected," Allen said. "The coaches are really cool. Lane Kiffin is real laid-back. I enjoyed it so much, and it just felt like home to me."

Something else that loomed large in Allen's decision was familiarity. Currently, there are two Trojans who are from Allen's high school -- T.J. Bryant and Jawanza Starling.

"That was very big for me because I know those guys so well," Allen said. "To have Jawanza and T.J. gives me great comfort, and they are two guys that I can always trust. I feel like I will have that support there from them."

USC has long recruited Allen. In fact, that relationship actually started while former coach Pete Carroll was there.

"USC has been in the picture for a long time," Allen said. "Alabama was my team growing up, but I never committed. I stayed open, and I am glad because I discovered that USC is the better fit for me."

The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder also likes the playing opportunity at Southern Cal because he's a bigger back who is tough between the tackles.

"The funny thing was I always wanted to play receiver, and I have good hands," Allen said. "But running back is my position. I have power to run through you, but I also have the speed to run around you."

He's hoping he can be the next great USC running back.

"I will give it my all," Allen said. "I want to be that next great one there. I will give it my 110 percent. This is a blessing and a great opportunity for me. I thank God every day and look forward to the future. Fight on."

Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at jamienewbergbw@yahoo.com.