Talented athlete likes idea of playing receiver at USC

April 25, 2014 

Their willingness to play wide receivers under six-feel in height has USC strong with ATH Jalen Christian (5-10 165) of Damascus, MD. Christian announced his top 11 schools last month via Twitter and the Gamecocks made the cut.

"A lot of teams are looking for receivers that are 6'5 but South Carolina plays the best player regardless of his height," Christian said. "That's what really stuck out to me about them."

Christian visited USC a year ago for their spring game and felt comfortable in Columbia.

"It reminded me a lot of my hometown," he said. "It's not too small but everything downtown kind of revolved around football. They have great fan support."

As he continues to narrow his list, Christian said he felt really good about the Gamecocks. His final 11 according to his tweet last month was USC, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia. He has already visited USC, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio State and Notre Dame. The Irish were the only school not to make his list. Each has offered.

Clemson, Connecticut, NC State, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma were among those not to make the list. "Clemson might have made it but I sort of lost contact with them," Christian said.

He does not have a time frame for a commitment and is unsure if he will take all five of his official visits. Christian did not name a leader.

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