USC Keeps Offering Prospects
Does anyone else notice how USC is offering so many recruits in mid-December?
That is simply not the sign of a healthy program. Did they suddenly discover a "diamond in the rough" after months of evaluation? More likely, the coaches are getting desperate for whatever reasons.
USC offered a recruit this week who apparently had Utah State as the leading choice. The die-hards and over-the-hill pundits, who want to stay relevant by pretending USC is making the right moves, will champion these offers.
The Trojans are recruiting players hard right now who committed to schools like Georgia Tech, Arizona, North Carolina State and Colorado.
It's fine to be unorthodoxed but what leads anyone to believe a Clancy Pendergast-coached player will develop? Maybe a recruit can develop on special teams . . . for John Baxter?
Or maybe there are some linemen who Tim Drevno will develop. Like he did the year he worked with Damien Mama and Chad Wheeler, another USC player who seems to be better with NFL coaching. Maybe the same can be said about Jordan Simmons, who has started two of the past five games in Seattle.
Again, it is stunning that defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, a top 10 player nationally from Los Angeles, does not have USC in his Final Four and will announce for another school today on ESPN.
Remember what Thibodeaux said in the summer about USC: “They really haven’t been recruiting me that hard but I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. I’m not sure if they think I’m set on leaving home or what but I haven’t heard a lot from them in the last few months . . . it’s home for me and hopefully we can build that relationship through the course of the year.”