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January 7, 2012SAN ANTONIO, TX - Pasadena (Calif.) four-star cornerback Kevon Seymour had USC as his top college choice the moment the offered him a scholarship in May.
Relative to Seymour's other scholarship offers, the Trojans were late to the party. That party ended in the Alamodome live on NBC Saturday afternoon.
"I've decided to commit to the University of Southern California," said Seymour.
When Seymour was offered a scholarship by USC, many thought a commit would soon follow. It did not, but that speaks to the character Seymour has and the strength of his commitment Saturday.
"I have no idea what's stopping me from committing," said Seymour in June. "I want to, but then at the same time I don't want to, its not like I'm going to change my mind because I know what I want to do but I'm just keeping it to myself.
"I don't want to commit and then see something in the future and be uncertain. I'm not going to commit and then change my mind."
Seymour reflected on his decision to wait while in San Antonio.
"At the Rising Stars Camp, I spoke to Coach Lane about committing," said Seymour. "I think they wanted me to, but I told him that I didn't want to commit and then start thinking about other schools I wanted to see.
"I didn't want t go back on my word. I wanted to be certain when I committed to USC."
Seymour chose USC over scholarship offers from Cal, Florida, Washington, UCLA, Oregon and others. While he announced his commitment Saturday, the certainty he was looking for from USC came after his official visit to Berkeley in December.
"I kind of knew," said Seymour. "The players at USC are a big reason I committed. Marqise Lee, Nickell Robey, T.J McDonald, George Farmer ... they're all cool. They're always good to me and I really love the coaches.
"We have a really good relationship, and I have a really good relationship with the the players like that. I feel comfortable there.
"The fans are also real nice. They'll yell out my name every time I go there and make me feel welcome. Then you have the tradition and education at USC. There is life after football, and the education at USC is great.
"It right there close to home. It's not at home, so I'm getting away a little, but it's close enough to go back home and check in with my mom or little sister. They can also come to the games with no problems.
"USC produces a lot of corner, and I feel like I'm a good corner in my heart. I'll go there and work hard. I'll face some adversity trying to play, but that will make me better. They put guys in the NFL and if I work hard I feel I will get that chance at USC."
Although USC is playing a numbers game with 15 scholarships for the 2012 class, Seymour has no issues with not wearing his high school number in high school.
"Lane Kiffin talked to me about wearing No. 23, so that's probably the number I'll wear, but I'm not all wrapped up about it," said Seymour. "That's not why I picked USC. Not even."
USCFootball.com will continue to bring you more on Kevon Seymour, including exclusive video from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.