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USC commit takes trip

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Cal is making a serious push for USC commit Tashon Smallwood but the Fresno (Calif.) Central East defensive tackle has shown no signs of cracking yet.
There is interest, though, since Smallwood was one of many top prospects who visited Cal this past weekend for its spring game but the 6-foot-1, 285-pound defensive tackle said he's sticking with his pledge.
"They were like even though I'm committed they're still going to be coming after me," Smallwood said of the Cal coaching staff.
"They're really, really interested in me but I'm a Trojan."
The Fresno Central East standout has expressed interest in Cal before and he spent a lot of time with defensive line coach Barry Sacks during his weekend trip to Berkeley.
Smallwood, among many other prospects, got to see the new football facilities, the revamped stadium and he got a better feel for the new coaching staff.
"We went to San Jose State first and stopped there and then we went to Cal's spring game and that was pretty much it," Smallwood said.
"Coach Sacks took us through everything. I liked it a lot. It was pretty cool."
Cal and many others could be involved with Smallwood but he said there's no reason to think he's reconsidering his commitment to the Trojans.
Smallwood committed to USC right after its junior day in February and has not looked back.
"They stay in contact with me," Smallwood said of the USC coaches. "I still talk to them. It's not like I'm ignoring them or anything."
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