Questions on a new and a departing player highlight this segment of reader questions.
Q: Trojans Rule said:
Scott, was DL Devante Wilson, who enrolled Monday, a highly sought after recruit last year or was he more like just a kid that Kiffin liked, and what did he do last year? Thank you very much.
A: I know the coaches liked him when he signed. I was also told by former USC star linebacker Chris Claiborne, who coaches and trains high school athletes, that Wilson is a quality player. I’m not sure how much he can do next year because he will be coming back from knee surgery. So he might need to redshirt next year and then play in 2013.
Q: marvgoux said:
Why did 5 star WR Kyle Prater fail at SC? Was he just another Whitney Lewis?
A: His biggest liability, in my opinion, was his speed. He was the same tall like Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett but did not have their speed. That was compounded by numerous injuries, which clearly irritated Lane Kiffin, who frequently mentioned his inability to practice consistently.
Q: Trojan Conquest said:
OK, I’ll try this question one more time about players not getting medical clearance. Obviously doctors and USC “can’t discuss the players medical situations.” What everyone wants to know is why SC has so many more of these players not getting cleared, and then they go play somewhere else. I doubt the other schools are saying…”what the hell, let’s roll the dice and hope they don’t die.” Also I’m not looking for speculation like “SC is a private school and is exposed to more liability”. I don’t see Notre Dame shying away from Armstead. How about using your fine USC journalism degree and do an investigative report on this?