New Brunswick, N.J. athletic director Ron Stanridge has been fielding phone calls all day long regarding 6-foot-4, 195-pound athlete Dwayne Jarrett and his possible commitment to USC. So did the superstar from Jersey commit?
"No, Dwayne did not commit," said Stanridge. "He enjoyed his trip out west, but I just spoke to him and he said he's going to announce his decision, he hopes, at the US Army All-American Bowl in early January."
That's good news for programs like Virginia, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, all of whom have official visits set with the nation's No. 5 athlete. Jarrett is still expected to visit Pitt this weekend (Nov. 28), Syracuse on Dec. 5 and Virginia on Dec. 12. He already took a visit to Iowa in October.
Based on Jarrett's comments during his official visit, USC is clearly in the driver's seat for his signature. Jarrett was hosted by USC star wideout Mike Williams and has been told by the USC staff that he has a very good chance at starting, not just playing, as a true freshman.
"We're trying to keep things quiet for Dwayne and keep the pressure off him," said Stanridge. "It's been crazy since the start with people pushing him one way or another. He needs to just be able to take his trips and make the right choice for him. We're also preparing for states, so he has that on his mind."