Recruiting can be crazy and it can be very confusing for the young people who are in the middle of the process. Youngsters can get bad information and if they are not familiar with the process it is very easy to get confused by it all, case in point wide receiver De'Von Flournoy (6-1, 180, 4.45) from Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham.
Flournoy attended USC's junior day on Saturday and rumors were rampant that he committed to Pete Carroll and the USC Trojans. When we finally caught up with Flournoy he was sending mixed signals.
In fairness and for accuracy sake Flournoy's Mom Gena called to set the record straight.
"Let me be very clear, De'Von was offered and committed to USC," Gena Sexton, Flournoy's Mom said. "There has been a lot of confusion and I want to set the record straight.
"USC has always been De'Von's dream school and he feels he will bring a lot to the organization," Sexton said. "De'Von is not only a young man of skill, but with integrity.
"De'Von was given outside confusing information, not from USC and when everything was straightened out we wanted to set the record straight. De'Von is going to the school where his heart lies.
USC wins the services of Flournoy over another offer from Notre Dame. UCLA, Cal, Oregon, and Miami were also schools showing interest.
Flournoy earned all-state, all-city and all-league as a junior after catching 39 passes for 859 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 22 yards per catch.
Flournoy is also an outstanding punt and kick return man. He averaged 28.8 yards per punt and 38.7 per kick return adding to his arsenal of playmaking ability.
As a sophomore, Flournoy caught 22 passes for 623 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 28.3 yards per catch.
"I will go to USC skills camp on June 15th," Flournoy said. "I will be attending the Rivals.com junior day coming up this weekend at Anaheim (Calif.) Servite and one of the NIKE camps probably the one in Los Angeles.
Flournoy is also a standout in track and participates in the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400.
On the football field, Flournoy has only been playing the game since his sophomore season so the sky is the limit. He has the ability to make a short throw into a long play with his running ability.
There is no question that USC land a good one in Flournoy who is one of the best receivers from the Golden state out of the class of 2009.