DeAnthony Thomas visits Oregon

Updated: January 31, 2011, 5:42 PM ET
By Mark Saxon |

USC is getting close to wrapping up a highly regarded recruiting class even while under NCAA sanctions, but Trojans fans and coaches might have to sweat out the commitment of one decorated player.

Crenshaw High tailback DeAnthony Thomas, ranked No. 16 in the ESPNU 150, visited Oregon over the weekend, and there have been reports that Thomas might be wavering in his decision to attend USC.

Thomas, one of two five-star players in the Los Angeles area, verbally committed to USC last summer, but players can't sign national letters of intent until Wednesday at the earliest. If Thomas bolts for Oregon, USC still could sign a top-10 class, headlined by Serra High receiver George Farmer.

Farmer's father, also named George, told this weekend that his son was intent on playing for the Trojans.

"George isn't going anywhere," George Farmer Sr. said.

Thomas' Crenshaw teammate, offensive lineman Marcus Martin, visited Colorado over the weekend.

Martin said he remains solidly committed to USC but is unsure of what Thomas will do.

"The final verdict will be on signing day," Martin said.

Mark Saxon covers colleges for

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.