A week after handing out their first official scholarship offers for 2010, the University of Southern California received their first commitment to the same class today. San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay athlete, Dillon Baxter, committed to USC only moments after he received his offer from head coach Pete Carroll.
"I just got my offer right now, and I committed," Baxter said after speaking with Carroll. "(The coaches and I) were all talking about it and they said how they've known me for so long and what we've all been through together, and then they offered me a scholarship.
"I said, 'yes, I'm going to USC and I want to be a Trojan.'"
Baxter's visit to Carroll's office was preceded USC's Rising Stars Camp - a two day event loaded with many of the top prospects in the country for 2009 and 2010.
Beyond the competition, Baxter knew that this had the potential to be a special day on campus.
"When I came to the camp I already knew that I wanted to be here," Baxter, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound athlete, said. "And being with the coaches more and being on campus just raised my tempo (for committing) a little more. It just made me want to be here and be a Trojan."
Baxter is no stranger to the campus, as he's attended many camps and built a strong relationship with the USC coaching staff.
"This was something that I've known for a while, actually," he said. "The first time I met the coaches I liked them a lot, and they like me and my film.
"We've known it for a while, we just had to wait for the right moment."
With so much talent and so many future Trojans at the camp, one would think that Baxter would've been hearing pitches for USC throughout the two-days, but that's not what happened.
"Everybody sort of knew that I was going to commit so we all looked at each other as future teammates and worked together at the camp," he said. "I just tell a lot of people back in San Diego about how great USC is and how the coaches look out for you and it's a great school to go to."
Baxter, unlike many early commitments, seems extremely solid with his commitment.
"I don't know where the process will go to tell the truth," Baxter said. "All I know is that I'm committed to being a Trojan.
"As for other schools, I don't have any interest in them."
With his parents watching him shine during his two days at the camp, this seemed like the perfect way for Baxter to end his trip to Los Angeles.
"It was a happy moment for everybody."
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