Lateek Townsend is ready to tip his hat. Maybe.
Townsend is expected to announce his verbal commitment at the US Army All-American game this upcoming Saturday on January 8th. Townsend is a top LB prospect in the state of South Carolina and across the nation and has a final list of USC, Clemson, Southern Cal, and Florida. If you've been following along with his recruiting, Townsend has been back and forth between USC and Clemson. Clemson appeared to have his commitment at one time but something happened and he remained open. USC has seemingly had the edge since the Alabama game as they showed him they are ready to compete in the SEC.
This is a prospect that is hard to follow. He's been back and forth with his comments to the public so it's hard to gauge exactly where he will end up in college. I could envision him selecting USC Saturday and signing with Clemson on February 2nd or the other way around. USC really needs Townsend as they lose two LB's to graduation in Josh Dickerson and Tony Straughter and have some holes they need filled from a talent like Lateek. He's a player that could use a redshirt to gain weight and muscle to compete in the SEC and he also needs a bit of "coaching up" at the next level. He projects to be an outstanding player and you have to hope the uncertainty at Clemson with the recent coach firings will lead Lateek to South Carolina. I can't project this one right now as it's pretty even between the two. I'd have to guess USC right now but we'll see who he signs with in February.
By Phil Kornblut
Marlboro County LB Lateek Townsend in in San Antonio for the US Army All American Game and he said Sunday he will announce his college choice during the broadcast of the game Saturday on NBC. Townsend said in an interview with Rivals.com he's considering USC, Clemson, Southern Cal, LSU and Florida. He has taken official visits to USC and Southern Cal and unofficial visits to Clemson and Florida. He said he's not been contacted by Florida since Will Muschamp took over but is interested nontheless. Townsend said he had not made his decision as of Sunday night and did not have a favorite. And he added he had no preference about staying in state or leaving the state.