Terrell Thomas of Rancho Cucamonga High School officially committed to Pete Carroll and USC on Saturday at the Coliseum. Terrell told Coach Carroll at the 50 yard line of his decision setting off a massive celebration among the other recruits, coaches, and family present. Terrell had mentioned to his hosts, (Jason Leach and Marcell Allmond), that he was seriously thinking about committing, and they both told him; "why not do it right now at the 50," hence Thomas is a Trojan!
Thomas is the currently ranked the #36 prospect overall at the safety position by The Insiders. The coaches have told him they will start him out on the depth chart at free safety, but he will also get a look at cornerback. Terrell mentioned he would also get a shot at returning kicks and possibly running back. He has worn #4 through high school, and will either get that number, or possibly #26 or #28. Thomas said the coaches expect him to play right away and make a contribution as a freshman. He will begin attending SC's off-season conditioning and workout programs right after high school graduation, and does not plan on missing a single session.
Terrell's mother is completely thrilled with his commit and said everything about this past weekend's visit was top of the line. She singled out Coach Carroll and Coach Sarkisian as coaches who really helped the family's decision. Terrell mentioned that all of the recruits had a great time on their visits, and that he is really looking forward to playing with Sedric Ellis, Lawrence Jackson, and Desmond Reed whom he had played with at the CaliFlorida game, and who were also on their official visits this weekend. Thomas is know for his great speed, versatility, and hard-hitting ability as a player, and will be a great representative for USC.