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Taylor Mays returning to USC

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Taylor Mays is returning for his senior season at USC even though he would probably be a top 20 pick in the draft. Mays who played as a frosh wants to spend four full years in college which is probably smart over the long term. Another year to get older and stronger will help in the next step up.

"It came down to whether I felt I was ready physically and mentally. I feel there are some more things in my game that I can improve upon, things that would help me take the next step. I didn't want to sell myself short.

"I'm also on track to graduate this fall and I know that's a big deal to my parents. I'm excited to start working hard toward next season. In fact, I wish I could start playing the 2009 season right now."