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USC pledge looking at other visits

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Malik Dorton said he was shocked that USC fired coach Lane Kiffin after its disastrous loss to Arizona State last weekend but even before that defeat, the Trojan commit was looking at other visits.
The four-star defensive end/outside linebacker from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco said in an interview prior to Kiffin's dismissal that he's definitely looking forward to a trip to Oklahoma later this month and he's considering others as well.
The Sooners' coaching staff has really come after Dorton, a 6-foot-3, 227-pound prospect who could play defensive end or outside linebacker in college. Oklahoma especially started getting involved with the four-star after his commitment to USC in late August.
Dorton, rated as the No. 10 weak-side defensive end in the 2014 class by Rivals.com, will head to Oklahoma for its game against Texas Tech on Oct. 26.
"They've been in contact with me a lot more ever since I committed," Dorton said. "They said they just want to get me out there and just see what they can offer me.
"I'm excited. I've never been to Oklahoma before. I just always see Oklahoma play on TV and stuff like that so I'm definitely excited to go out there and see them play live and check them out."
When Dorton committed to the Trojans in August, the four-star made it clear he wanted to take other visits and now with the USC coaching situation in limbo, that plan is coming to fruition.
The St. John Bosco recruit, rated No. 199 in the class, is also seriously considering trips to Arizona State and Washington - and possibly others - but no other dates have been finalized except for his trip to Oklahoma.
"I haven't finalized every trip, that's the only trip, but the next one might be Arizona State," Dorton said. "I'm not sure about other ones but maybe Washington or something like that. I have to look at their schedules to see what would be best."
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