Deanthony Thomas


USC's highly regarded recruiting class took a hit Wednesday night when Los Angeles Crenshaw defensive back/running back DeAnthony Thomas reneged on his earlier commitment to the Trojans and announced he will sign with Oregon, according to multiple.


Thomas, ranked No. 16 in the ESPNU 150, is one of the most decorated prep players ever to come from Los Angeles. He had been considered one of the jewels of USC's class.

He had been committed to USC since last spring and only recently seemed to be wavering. Over the weekend, he took an official visit to Oregon and reports immediately began trickling out of Eugene that one of the top playmakers in the country might flip.

Thomas, known locally as "The Black Mamba," rushed for 1,306 yards, caught 16 passes for 349 yards and scored 27 touchdowns as a senior. He was the Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year as Crenshaw won its second straight title.