Recruiting questions abound.
Q: December 6, 2010 2:28 PM
You have long been an advocate of high school seniors not signing a letter of intent and of course you do not need to sign on signing day to receive a scholarship. Given a potential (at least now after the Cam Newton decision) appeal overturning the scholarship reductions won’t be announced until after signing day, do you see Lane Kiffin and staff encouraging potential signees to hold off on signing until after the decision comes back? It seems to me that if the appeal was denied, those players would still have opportunities elsewhere.
A: That is one possible scenario. But I don’t think it will really be necessary because the bowl ban would only have one more year and these recruits have had months to process the idea of NCAA sanctions. So I don’t think recruits will decide their choice based on whether USC wins its appeal or not.
Q: As commonly stated one of the positions of need is linebackers. So far we only have two committed and one is a soft verbal. There also does not seem to be many top linebackers which are uncommitted and considering USC. Do you see USC getting any more top LB this year (there seems to be Curtis Grant and Lamar Dawson, but both seem long shots)?
A: USC is currently looking at JC rosters to see if there are any linebackers out there who might be good enough to offer a scholarship. Tre Madden’s stock soared at Mission Viejo this year and he is going to be an impact player. But they need 2-3 more for this class..
Q: gotroy22 said:
Could you comment on the blood/crip issue with city recruiting and how the SC coaches are addressing it?
A: I’m not sure I follow you. Maybe you can expand on this for me.