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January 11, 2006
LenDale White will be the first junior player to officially declare on Wednesday. He should soon be followed by teammates Reggie Bush and Winston Justice.The deadline to declare for the NFL draft is just four days away, but the superstar underclassmen from USC are beginning to announce their decisions. According to the LA Daily News tailback
White was nearly unstoppable in the Rose Bowl and certainly helped his draft status. He went from being a possible late first day pick to a probable first rounder. White's comments after the Rose Bowl were very gracious and pointed to his decision. The junior knew he played well, was disappointed in the outcome of the game, but realized that he made himself a boatload of cash.
Several papers have reported that White will announce, not a huge surprise to most Trojan fans that follow the program.
Tackle Winston Justice will also declare himself eligible for the NFL draft this week. Justice was interviewing potential agents and should be a combine freak that NFL scouts will fawn over. He is also expected to be drafted in the middle of the first round.
Heisman Trophy winner Bush still has not officially declared but the potential No. 1 pick in the draft is 99% certain he will be skipping his senior season at USC.
Darnell Bing is still on the fence and should also make his decision shortly. Bing is another player that will be very impressive in the combines and will grade high with the NFL scouts. He is another potential first day selection with possibilities to go in the first round.
While several players are potentially leaving the program, there are also a few coming in early. Safety Antwine Perez, tight end Gerald Washington and defensive lineman Walker Lee Ashley have all enrolled in spring classes.