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4-Star Linebacker Javaris Steward Committed To USC, Backed Off Decision On Same Day

It usually takes a little while for new commits to reconsider their college choices, but most norms can be thrown out the window during this USC football season. On Monday morning, four-star 2017 linebacker/defensive end Javaris Steward committed to USC after watching their game against Notre Dame. 

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USC is, of course, is an interesting situation due to the abrupt firing of head coach Steve Sarkisian. After thinking about the situation further as Monday went on, Steward decided to back off that commitment until there he knows how the coaching staff will look going forward. Scout has more from Steward:

"I talked things over with my guardian and realized I need to take a step back and wait to see what happens with the coaching staff at USC," said Sterward. "It's a big decision and I want to think things through a little more carefully."

The firing of Sarkisian himself didn't impact Steward decision directly. What happens with linebacker coach Peter Sirmon is more of an issue.

“I didn’t really know the head coach,” said Steward. “I met him because he offered me when I went to the game. He seemed like a pretty good guy.

“But I have a good relationship with the assistant coaches. It’s a good group of people at USC. When I went there, the whole staff and everybody at USC made me feel very welcome.”

As a high school junior, Steward has plenty of time to make a final decision, and he'll obviously want to know more about the coaching staff that he'll play for. His Twitter feed is still filled with pro-Trojans messages, so USC is probably in a good spot here, but he's wise to take his time with this important choice.