USC lands another touted recruiting pledge

One of the nation's top athletes, DeAnthony Thomas of Crenshaw High (Los Angeles) has committed to USC.

Thomas (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) was also was offered by UCLA, California, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon and Oregon State.

He told ESPN's Greg Biggins, "It was all about being comfortable there. I always said I didn't want to leave home because I'm so close to my family so I was leaning towards playing for one of the two L.A schools. USC is where I felt I fit in the best, where I had the best relationship with the coaches and they recruited me harder than anyone."

His God-brother, Victor Blackwell, a receiver from Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), also recently pledged to USC.

Nicknamed the "Black Mamba," he rushed, as a junior, for 902 yards on 81 carries (11.1 yards per carry average) and scored 12 touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 204 yards and three TDs. On defense, he recorded 60 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

Thomas is the Trojans' fifth commitment. All five are members of the ESPNU 150 Watch List.