Su'a Cravens is the latest potential superstar to commit to the USC Trojans, and it was hands down the best choice for him.
According to various sources, including CBS Sports' Bryan Fischer, Cravens chose the Trojans over finalists Michigan, Ohio State and UCLA. The consensus 5-star recruit held countless offers from nearly every major program in the country and is considered one of the top playmakers in this class.
He was reportedly going to take trips to Nebraska and Michigan in the coming week, but, according to 247 Sports, he cancelled those trips in favor of committing to USC today.
The Trojans now have eight commits in their 2013 class, including top recruits like DT Kenny Bigelow, QB Max Browne and RB Ty Isaac.
What the Trojans lack in quantity they are making up for in quality. All four, Cravens included, are amongst the top recruits at their respective positions. They're eligible for postseason play this year, but are still being hampered by a reduction in scholarships.
This could have derailed other programs, but USC continues to make amazing strides on the trail, this year especially.
Cravens, at 6'1", 205 pounds, is hoping to be the next great safety to star at the Coliseum. The Murrietta, California star grew up a Trojans fan and told CBSSports.com, via Fischer:
They're not afraid to play freshmen. Half their team is freshmen or sophomores and they're really young but favored to win the national championship. That really stands out to me and says that I'll have a chance if I come in and compete and I'm not afraid of competition at all.
Is USC the Best Place for Cravens?
Other than the likes of Alabama or LSU, there isn't a better place for elite talent and competition than USC.
If Cravens lives up to his potential and develops into the player most expect him to be, he will not regret this decision one bit.
The Trojans signed three safeties last year, but none were the caliber of recruit that Cravens is. Don't be surprised at all, with three senior safeties leaving after this season, if the latest Trojan commit finds his way to the field early in his career.