USC tailback Chauncey Washington said Saturday he intends to return to school next season instead of applying for the NFL Draft. Washington was ineligible the past two seasons and considered going pro because he wasn’t sure he could handle the academics at USC for another year. “School starts on Monday and I’ll be there,” Washington said. “I’m going to be back next year.” Washington got above a 2.0 grade-point average in the fall semester at USC but will sit out spring practice because he was told to focus on academics by USC coach Pete Carroll. He tried to practice last spring, but did not get good enough grades to be eligible. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Big day: USC received four verbal commitments on Saturday from players all considered among the top 100 players in the nation. Tailback Emmanuel Moody (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) of Coppell, Texas, selected USC over the Longhorns. Linebacker Allen Bradford (5-11, 222) of Colton, rated the No. 1 player in the nation at his position, chose USC over UCLA. Offensive lineman Butch Lewis (6-5, 280) of Aurora, Colo., the state’s top prospect, selected USC over Georgia and Notre Dame. Wide receiver David Ausberry (6-4, 215) of Lemoore, chose USC over Georgia and Ohio State. Bing grade: The NFL evaluated USC safety Darnell Bing and listed him as a second- or third-round draft pick. Bing, who is a junior, requested the evaluation before deciding whether to turn pro. The NFL usually is conservative on its projections. Bing previously said he would turn pro if he were a first-round pick. Laying low: USC tailback Reggie Bush is keeping a low profile since the Rose Bowl while he decides who to hire as his agent. Meanwhile, tight end Dominique Byrd will be represented by Eugene Parker, who represents Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!