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Things have changed for Malik Dorton.
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Only a few weeks ago, the Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end was planning trips to Arizona State and Washington in January and he was unsure where his commitment stood with USC.
However, in the final weeks before National Signing Day, Dorton said USC's new coaching staff has made it clear they want him in this recruiting class and all his other trips might not happen now.
Dorton, a 6-foot-3, 227-pound prospect, did not go anywhere this past weekend and he's expected to visit USC in the coming day. His trip to Washington at the end of this month is not certain any longer.
It looks clearer than ever that Dorton will be included in this USC class.
"I'm going to SC next weekend," Dorton said. "I'm not sure (about Washington).
"I'm going on my official to SC and right now I'm just talking to SC right now, just about everything."
It is unexpected that the St. John Bosco standout will visit Arizona State at all.
Since Dorton has talked a lot more with the USC coaching staff in recent days, it looks like his commitment has firmed up especially since it's been made clear to him the Trojans want him in this recruiting class.
"I've been in touch with them a lot more," Dorton said. "I met with their coach and it went really well.
"It's kind of nice to know where I stand and to know that they want me in this class."
Dorton has been committed to USC since late August. He has talked about taking other visits but now that the USC staff is going to take him it looks like other trips might be off the table.
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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