Earlier in December WR Eldridge Massington announced that he would re-open his recruitment and de-commit from USC. On Tuesday night, news broke that he now intends to flip to the Trojans’ cross-town rival, aligning himself with UCLA.
— Edward Lewis (@EdwardLewisBSR) December 19, 2012
Massington’s de-commitment leaves USC with one scholarship left to give out, allowing them room to go after blue chip recruits like Safety Leon McQuay III and lineman A’Shawn Robinson.
The wide receiver tore his ACL the summer before his senior year and thus did not play at all in 2012, but USC did not pull his scholarship. Massington intended to enroll at USC in January so he could start rehabbing his knee early, but there were limiting factors that would have required him to come in June instead. If he had stayed with USC, Massington would have been listed on the depth chart behind current Trojans Marqise Lee, Nelson Agholor, George Farmer, and Robert Woods should he decline leaving for the NFL. Considering the Trojans also have two WR commits in Steven Mitchell and Sebastian LaRue, it is possible that Massington felt he could earn playing time sooner with a different program.
His new commitment to UCLA would imply that the Bruins have room to bring him in as an early enrollee and that he meets the academic requirements to do so.
National Signing Day is still over a month away, however, and anything can still happen between now and then.