Four-star running back Taj Gibson announced his commitment on Twitter this evening, choosing the Oregon Ducks over the likes of Georgia, USC, Clemson and Florida State.
I've decided to take my talents to the west coast and officially commit to University of Oregon #GoDucks !!
— Taj Griffin (@TG__7) April 25, 2014
Griffin, out of Powder Springs, Ga., is a McEachern teammate of USC’s newest commitment Chuma Edoga, which gave the Trojans life late before his decision. There’s been question as to whether or not USC offered Griffin, but the running back tweeted a link to an ESPN profile on Wednesday night that noted that he had in fact been offered a scholarship.
Nonetheless, Griffin will head to Eugene and the Trojans will have to keep searching for a running back. Head coach Steve Sarkisian would like to the running back corps, as Tre Madden and Buck Allen could both be NFL bound following the 2014 season, should they choose to do so.
USC didn’t sign a running back in 2014 due to low scholarship numbers and having four capable backs in Madden, Allen, Ty Isaac and Justin Davis, but Sarkisian said on Signing Day that he intends on signing two running backs in 2015.
As of now, USC’s 2015 recruiting class stands at four members, highlighted by Ricky Town and Chuma Edoga. For a full list of commitments, click here.