When linebacker Kana’i Mauga committed to USC this morning, he said, “although I have verbally committed, I am continuing to leave my options open.”
This is why commitments are essentially meaningless. He will come to USC unless he changes his mind. And USC will give him a scholarship unless it changes its mind. But it’s recruiting, so it has to be important!
Matt Corral decommtted from USC a week ago. Now he is going to choose a new college before school starts. That’s not a lot of time. Nebraska is one of the schools Corral is considering. It’s not a bad choice with Mike Riley’s quarterback expertise. I’m not sure why Corral thinks he has to go to an SEC school now. No one else big-time enough?
And what of USC? Quarterback J.T. Shrout, who recently committed to Cal, is now being evaluated. I bet Justin Wilcox, fired by Clay Helton, would appreciate USC trying to steal his QB commit. Since everything is related to USC, the Trojans are also looking at QB Jacob Sirmon, who committed to Washington. Sirmon is the nephew of former USC linebackers coach Peter Sirmon.
There are some 2018 NBA mock drafts that show two players — forward Chimezie Metu, guard De’Anthony Melton — are mid-to-late first round draft picks. No sign of Bennie Boatwright. Or Elijah Stewart. Or Jordan McLaughlin. That has to be a disappointment to Boatwright. Melton (above) is so athletic that teams are intrigued by him. Who isn’t going to turn pro for USC after next season?
Sam Darnold is not the only big-name QB at the Manning Passing Academy this weekend. Among the other quarterbacks: Justin Herbert (Oregon); Josh Allen (Wyoming); Jalen Hurts (Alabama); Lamar Jackson (Louisville); Jake Bentley (South Carolina); Jake Browning (Washington); Shane Buechele (Texas); Jacob Eason (Georgia); Danny Etling (LSU); Ryan Finley (North Carolina State); Shea Patterson (Mississippi) and John O’Korn (Michigan).
So the Pac-12 had a record 14 players chosen in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, including six in the first round. But I want to focus on a couple players. First, there is UCLA forward Ike Anigbogu. He averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds last season. When I questioned his going pro two months ago, a couple writers assured me he was going to be a first-round draft pick. Instead, Anigbogu was the 47th pick in the draft.
Who advised him? How about actually starting for a season before leaping toward the NBA draft?
Then there is Cal forward Ivan Rabb. He was considered a lottery pick a year ago but came back for his sophomore season and slid to the 35th pick. Maybe it hurt Rabb that he measured 6-8¾ instead of his announced 6-11. But coming back to college, which seemed a wise decision, hurt his prospects. Still, I will take Rabb, who thought he needed another year in college, over Anigbogu, who never delivered in college and still went pro.
SELECTIONS BY CONFERENCE 1. Pac-12 – 14 – 6 first round
ACC – 14 – 10 first round
3. Big 12 – 6 – 2 first round
4. Big Ten – 4 – 3 first round
SEC – 4 – 3 first round
6. The American – 3 – 0 first round
Big East – 3 – 2 first round
8. WCC – 2 – 1 first round
9. Horizon – 1 – 0 first round
So Brevin White has been playing high school football in Southern California for the past three seasons. And USC suddenly likes him this week. I’m not sure what the motivation is for someone like White (or Jack Tuttle or whoever), when the recruitment only comes after Matt Corral decommits and more importantly, you enter USC as the clear second fiddle to Jack Sears. Wouldn’t White be better off going to some school where he knows he will play?