The USC Trojans suffered their first loss of the Lane Kiffin era on Saturday night, but the news wasn’t all bad this weekend, with 2012 Dorsey athlete Jaydon Mickens making a verbal commitment to the Trojans.
“They just said that they want to offer me a scholarship and I was like ‘Well I will commit right here, right now,’” Mickens said. “I talked to Coach Kiffin and a bunch of the other coaches and they were all happy for me. It was the best moment.”
Mickens, an elusive athlete that has played slot receiver and wildcat quarterback this season, will follow in the footsteps of former Dorsey standouts Keyshawn Johnson and Stafon Johnson.
“I know that Keyshawn and Stafon were great players and that’s all that I wish to be,” said Mickens, who has 13 receptions for 231 yards and two touchdowns this season.
The 5-11, 176-pound speedster grew up a fan of the Trojans and was excited for the opportunity to stay local and play in front of his friends and family.
“The thing about USC that standouts is that they always have great athletes and I want to be one of those great athletes,” Mickens said. “It’s not too far from home so my family and friends come see me.”
The versatile prospect is being recruited as an athlete and could eventually contribute at a variety of spots on the college level.
“I plan to go there as an athlete,” he said. “I can play running back, slot receiver, kickoff returner or wildcat quarterback. I can do everything.”
With the verbal commitment, Mickens is the third player in USC’s 2012 class, and he said he was excited to get his decision out of the way.
“It’s great. I finally got the monkey off of my back. People wanted to know where I was going to go, where I was going to play my college ball. It’s just a great experience to know that I am going to go to USC.”
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