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June 26, 2013

Austin follows through with commitment

Claremont (Calif.) offensive tackle Jordan Austin came out of no where to earn a scholarship offer from USC Wednesday, but the news he had Wednesday night was expected.

"I'm just letting you know that I am officially committed to USC now," said Austin. "I called the coaches tonight and they were very happy, especially Coach [James] Cregg.

"He said, 'I'm ready to coach you, I'm ready to mold you, I'm ready make you into the full potential player you will be. He's just excited to work with me."

Austin blew the whistle on his intentions to commit just hours ago when he was offered a scholarship by Lane Kiffin.

"When USC offered me I couldn't give them a verbal because, personally, I need to talk to my mom. But to be 100-percent honest, as soon as I go home and talk to my mom, and my mom gives USC a call, I most likely will be giving a verbal tonight or tomorrow."

That call came and so did Austin's commitment.

"My mom was really excited for me and happy," said Austin. "She told me it was my decision and I was going to have to be a man and make the decision for myself. She said she supports me in everything I do.

"I feel like USC is the place for me."

Austin commits to USC over scholarship offers from Arizona, Colorado, Fresno State, Harvard, Nevada, San Diego State and Washington.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle plans on enrolling at USC in January as a midyear graduate and has no thoughts on furthering the recruiting process.

"As of right now I'm a Trojan and that's where I want things to stay," said Austin. "So as of right now, that's where I am."

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