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June 22, 2012
ATLANTA -- Roland, Calif., cornerback Darius Allensworth is committed to Arizona, unless?
Unless he performs well at USC's camp this week. Unless he gets an offer from the Trojans. Unless he decides to choose Wisconsin.
If it's not the softest commitment since Kim Kardashian's wedding vows, it's close.
"I'm still solid (to Arizona) right now, but I'm picking up more offers, so we'll see," Allensworth said. "I'm going to USC this week and there's a possibility they could offer me.
"USC has been my favorite school for a long time and it's right down the street. My parents could watch me all the time. I have a Wisconsin offer, too. And back-to-back Rose Bowls, man."
This is the final leg of the race. For Arizona, the goal is to hang on down the backstretch. Allensworth says he'll do one of two things before the start of his senior season this fall.
His options are simple: solidify his pledge to the Wildcats and play his final season of high school football as a hard commitment to Rich Rodriguez, or say "thanks, but no thanks" and break his commitment in favor of a more traditional football power.
The only thing that's certain is that something is going to happen soon.
"It's just a couple schools that can get me," Allensworth said. "It really all just depends on how my visits go and all that."
Allensworth is always forthright about the situation. There's little subtlety when he speaks. He leaves no room for reading between the lines.
His "commitment" rages against the very meaning of the word, but according to him, the Arizona coaching staff knows exactly where it stands.
"When I committed there, I didn't have a lot of other offers," he said. "But I don't talk to the coaches about my other offers. We just talk about Arizona."
Allensworth arrived at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge as the event's softest verbal commitment.
But according to him, the weekend camp in Atlanta isn't about increasing his recruiting attention. He'll have his chance to do that next week in Pasadena. Instead, he's focused on proving a point.
"It's about showing everyone I can compete with the best," he said. "It's about the West team winning the 7-on-7 tournament. I'm just going to do what I've been doing for the last 12 years."