Su'a Cravens confirmed the worst fears of Nebraska and Michigan fans when he officially committed to USC today. Here's more from 247Sports.com:
"USC is doing great recruiting again this year, I'm very close with the staff and some of the players on the team, and I want to be a part of that," said Cravens. "I knew USC was the place for me and I couldn't pass that up. I literally have talked to the coaching staff 100 times. USC also has a top-10 business school and that was a big factor. If I wouldn't have chosen USC, I think my mom would have killed me."
The position he'll play in college is a much talked about topic.
"They want me for safety or linebacker," Cravens said.
Since USC began pursuing Cravens, the Trojans hired a new DBs and LBs coach.
"USC does a great job with hiring good coaches like Coach (Marvin) Sanders," said Cravens.
The writing was was on the wall when Cravens canceled unofficial visits to both Big Ten schools in May, citing the higher priority of finals (that's good!) but not rescheduling his visits or his commitment date (that's bad!).
Michigan's still going to be okay, obviously, and the Wolverines may not look to replace Cravens until next season. Per MGoBlog, Michigan's best realistic targets are WR LaQuon Treadwell, RB Derrick Green, DE Joe Mathis (more on him later today) and CB Leon McQuay III. Assuming the Wolverines only have three or four spots left in their class, they may just be set with those targets.
Nebraska, meanwhile, is still wide open enough that it's time to look elsewhere for secondary help. Jalen Banks is a solid target with a bevy of Big Ten offers, and while he's more in the mold of a cornerback, Nebraska could use help there too.
The real key, though, might just be to wait for Cravens instead. He is a USC commit, but he had called Michigan and Nebraska both leaders in his recruiting process at some point in the year, and he's going to be back at both schools this fall. Per the same 247Sports.com report:
Cravens said he wants to still take official visits to schools like Michigan, Texas, Ohio State, Florida and others schools.
Lane Kiffin is obviously going to try to make sure this doesn't happen, but if Cravens gets on someone else's campus, well, we'll just remind people that verbal commitments are non-binding. Recruiting!