CORONA, Calif. -- ESPN 300 defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood (Fresno, Calif./Central) created quite the stir earlier this week by releasing a list of his top five schools despite a standing commitment to USC. He responded via Twitter to various messages from puzzled Trojans fans wondering why he would name other favorites while reiterating his verbal pledge to USC, which he originally gave on campus shortly after assistant coach Ed Orgeron extended a scholarship offer at the program’s junior day event.
Smallwood isn’t alone, though.
Committed prospects everywhere are keeping an open mind even after settling on a college choice. It’s become a trend in football recruiting, with decisions being temporary and ever-evolving.
Another example is defensive lineman Austin Maloata (Corona, Calif./Centennial), who committed to the Trojans a day after landing a scholarship offer in early May. He remains committed, but falls under the same category as Smallwood.