Tuesday Whispers: Clay Helton Needs To Reclaim Recruits
When Clay Helton fired Tee Martin, several sources told me there would be a furious reaction at Narbonne High School in Harbor City.
“Clay Helton is a two-faced SOB,” one coach reportedly told a USC coach.
That is not unusual when a coach gets fired but then feelings get smoothed over.
It was not exactly surprising when USC was unable to flip offensive lineman Jonah Tauanu’u, who was committed to Oregon but visited USC after Martin got fired. He signed with the Ducks.
But last weekend, defensive tackle Jordan Berry committed to LSU. He was offered by USC and is the type of player USC usually gets in its sleep.
But with local recruits showing little faith in Helton and Martin no longer a familiar face at Narbonne, maybe there is some bitterness there.
In any event, USC recruiting is suffering right now because of Helton and it is not going to change soon.