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Townsend set to commit this week

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Beverly Hills, Calif. defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. is one of the top players at his position in the country. The 6-foot-4, 242-pound standout is taking part in this week's Under Armour All-American Game and has been one of the top defensive performers on the Red team.
While he has been busy on the field this week, Townsend has also been busy off the field lately. He recently took his first official visit and came away impressed.
"TCU is the only visit I've taken so far," Townsend said. "It's a beautiful campus. It was all refurbished, brand new everything. It's a nice area and nice people. I like how everybody on the team is like a family."
The Horned Frogs do not often recruit California but they already have a natural in with Townsend. However, he says the program stands on its own.
"It's a legacy with me because my dad went there," he said of TCU. "They're also a program on the rise. They looked really good this year."
Townsend says he has two more official visits to make this month.
"I'm going on my official to USC on Jan. 14," he said. "I think I'm going to Miami on (Jan.) 21."
Though Miami had previously offered him, it was not until new head coach Al Golden recently took over that the Hurricanes truly became a factor in his recruitment.
"I've talked to the new coaches," Townsend said of Miami. "I was considering them before but coach (Randy) Shannon, he wasn't really into me because I was a West Coast guy. He didn't believe I would come there.
"The new coaches, though, I'm really familiar with. Coach Brennan Carroll and Jethro Franklin, I'm going to talk to them some more and see what they have to say.
"The visit to Miami is because I haven't been out there. I haven't really given them a chance before now. They're new coaches and they seem highly interested, more interested than they were when coach Shannon was there."
Though he still has two official visits scheduled after this week, that is not stopping Townsend from making a college commitment live on ESPN Wednesday evening.
"I'm announcing at the game this Wednesday. My final three are those three schools - TCU, USC and Miami. I know who I'm going to commit to. It's a tough decision, though. It was very hard to make."
Even so, it might not be a completely final decision for Townsend.
"It might not be 100-percent completely solid of a commitment just yet," he admitted. "[Miami] probably wouldn't let me visit if it was. I have to give them a chance."
Townsend is ranked as the No. 43 overall prospect in the country and the No. 4 strongside defensive end.
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