July 7, 2006

Mayo: USC just one of three

The O.J. Mayo recruiting saga just took another twist.

Rivals.com's top-ranked prospect in the class of 2007 spoke to Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer at the Reebok ABCD camp in Teaneck, N.J., on Friday afternoon and refuted reports that he had committed to USC.

Mayo went one step further, saying he isn't leaning towards the Trojans or any other school. Mayo did reveal the three schools he is considering.

"USC is just a school on my list," Mayo said. "USC, Kansas State and Florida are on my list. I'm going to take my time with this and talk it over with my family and make sure that I make the right decision for myself and my family."

Soon after making an official visit to USC this past week, reports began to surface that Mayo had committed to the Pac-10 school. Mayo was expected to make the decision public during a press conference at the ABCD camp on Thursday. But, he didn't reveal any news and reporters weren't allowed to ask any recruiting questions.

Mayo, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound point guard from North College Hill in Cincinnati, also denied talk that he is considering skipping college, instead spending a year overseas or in a professional minor league before heading to the NBA.

Mayo made these comments after one of the camp's most impressive performances. After having a less-than-spectacular game on Thursday, he bounced back by outplaying highly touted 2008 prospect Brandon Jennings in one of the camp's biggest head-to-head matchups.

Mayo was expecting to go up against Rivals.com's No. 2-ranked point guard in the class of 2007, Derrick Rose, later tonight, but Rose sprained his left ankle during drills earlier this morning and told Meyer that he doesn't expect to be healthy enough to play.

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