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Christian Heyward Signs With USC, Spurning Oregon And Hometown San Diego State

Christian Heyward, a four-star defensive tackle from San Diego's Point Loma High School, has committed to play college football for the USC Trojans. Ranked sixth nationally at his position by Rivals, and the No. 10 overall prospect in the state, Heyward entertained offers from close to 20 top programs, including Arkansas, Boise State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Stanford, and narrowed his final choice to USC, Oregon, and San Diego State.

In the continued saga of Sudden Hot Commodity Brady Hoke, the coach's decamping for Michigan played a part in San Diego losing out on a hometown prospect:

"It was the best decision for me in the end," [Heyward] said.

He said he enjoyed his meeting with SDSU coach Rocky Long, but added that the departure of Brady Hoke to Michigan weighed in his decision.

For more on Heyward and for all your USC athletics news needs, visit SB Nation's Conquest Chronicles. Keep up with the madness of today's announcements on our 2011 National Signing Day schedule page.