USC may have lost out on its first choice at quarterback when Jimmy Clausen committed to Notre Dame, but the Trojans regrouped nicely and received a commitment from a signal caller we feel could be the No. 2 guy in the West region.
Orange Lutheran's (Calif.) Aaron Corp, after narrowing his choices to the Trojans, Cal and Arizona State announced for the USC last night.
"I actually knew I wanted to go there this past Sunday," Corp said. "I waited a couple of days to let it sink in and then called up Coach Carroll and Coach Sarkisian last night to let them know.
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"I started getting a lot of calls last night already but I wanted to wait until today to make it public so I could tell the other schools who were recruiting me without them having to read about it."
The irony in Corp's decision to select USC is his top choice early on was crosstown rival UCLA.
"Yeah, they were my top choice until Chris Forcier committed there," Corp said. "I'm really happy about how things played out though. USC is a great school and you really can't do better than them. They weren't recruiting me that hard until a few weeks ago.
"They came and saw me throw at the school and then invited me up to the school for a visit. They laid out everything for me and explained why there were waiting to offer another quarterback. I knew all along Jimmy was their top guy and that was fine.
"Once I talked to them, I got a real good feeling about the place and I felt a connection with the coaches. I know they have some good young quarterbacks there but I'm not worried about any depth charts or anything. I just felt USC was the best place for me so that's why I decided to commit there."
Corp, 6-4, 190 pounds had a strong showing at the recent Elite 11 workout at USC and should be considered among the top 10 quarterbacks nationally. He has great size and athleticism and although he doesn't have a cannon for an arm, has plenty of arm strength to make all the throws.
He still has a thin frame and once he fills out as his body matures physically, we have no doubt he'll turn in to a special player at the next level.