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Football: Carson's Presley ditches USC, commits to UCLA

December 18, 2008 |  9:05 am

Presley_2 Rick Neuheisel may have to wait a little longer before he can challenge the football monopoly in Southern California, but that hasn't stopped him from pulling off a recruiting coup d'etat at USC's expense.

Carson's Morrell Presley, one of the most-recruited tight ends in the country, switched his commitment from USC to UCLA on Wednesday night, according to The 6-foot-4, 215 pounder committed to the Trojans as a sophomore and bucks the recent trend of high school players breaking previous commitments to join the Trojans.

Presley finished his senior season with 604 yards receiving and five touchdowns and was named first team All-City Section this week. His commitment gives Bruins' fans something to look forward to as USC gears up for its Rose Bowl game against Penn State.

* Update: Chris Foster reports Presley has already enrolled at UCLA.

And here's why Presley is such a popular player:

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Carson's Morrell Presley. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times