Xavier Grimble

Tight end Xavier Grimble is leaning toward staying with USC. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / September 21, 2013)

USC tight end Xavier Grimble, one of several draft-eligible players, is looking forward to playing in his hometown in the Las Vegas Bowl  and to playing for the Trojans next season.

"I feel like with everything that happened this season, I think it would be best for me to stay in school," Grimble, who was slowed by injuries much of the season, said after practice on Monday. "So that's probably what I'm going to be doing."

Grimble, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior, has 23 receptions, two for touchdowns.

The former standout at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High said he has been inundated with requests for tickets to the Dec. 21 game against Fresno State at Sam Boyd Stadium.

The Trojans leave for Las Vegas on Dec. 18.

"It's always a dream playing in front of family and friends in my hometown, so I'm happy to be able to go back," Grimble said.

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