USC and Michigan have already battled it out on the field (Rose Bowl) and are now in a heated competition for a couple of the West Coasts elite prospects. Pomona (Calif.) athlete Eugene Germany is down to the Trojans and Wolverines and will announce his decision on Signing Day.
“I still don’t know what I’m going to do,” Germany said. “I wish I did but this is a lot tougher than I thought it would be. The main thing I’m battling is whether or not I want to leave home or not. The two are so close in every area. I love the coaches at both schools, I’m comfortable with the players and I feel the opportunity to play is the same at both- those are the three criteria I set up for myself back in the summer.
“USC came in for a home visit last Thursday and then Michigan came by on Friday. USC likes me at linebacker and Michigan is recruiting me to play defensive end. I’ve actually gone back and forth on this several times. I was close to committing to Michigan during the CaliFlorida Bowl but a week before, USC said they wanted to trip me in and would offer me, which they did. On my visit to USC, I really had a good time but never committed to them. I thought about it, and I told some of the players I liked it there and stuff but never told the coaches, ‘I’m coming,’ or anything like that.
“Right now, my mom and I are just going to sit down over the next few days and try and hammer this out. We’re going to have a little assembly in the library Wednesday around 11:00 and that’s when I’ll announce my decision. I just hope I’ll be able to decide by then, I might just have to wake up that morning and go with whatever is in my gut because it really is that close between the two.”
Germany added than he and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle wide out Cameron Colvin have grown close and the two have discussed going to college together.
“We talk a lot, we just talked yesterday in fact,” Germany said. “He likes USC and Michigan a lot too but also has Oregon in there. I think it would be great to play with Cam in college and I’m sure we’ll talk a few more times before Signing Day to see what the other person is going to do.”