No surprise that recruiting continues to be a dominant topic for the readers.
Q: Pop Goes The Weasel said:
I see where Jordan Payton, the WR, says he lost interest in SC cuz of the scholarship limitations. Assuming he is telling the truth, I’ll bet other guys felt the same way. To me, this makes KIFFINS’ recruiting job these past two years just all the more remarkable. Do you agree, Scott, that he has done great, and where would you rank this years’ class?
As an aside, you know of course, speaking of Jordan, that if you just reverse his first and last names, you come up with another great name in the field of sports.
Another aside, you know of course, that Loel Schraeder died recently at the age of 87. He covered west coast football since the mid 40s, and bled cardinal and gold. Just before he died, he said re Farmer, that if he didn’t get his grade changed, he would be on academic probation, but still allowed to participate in Spring practice. Think ol’ Loel made a mistake here, Scott? Anyway,it just goes to show how active and interested he was right up till the very end, my fellow Swordsman.
A: Jordan Payton lost interest in USC because USC was no longer interested in him. The coaches felt he did not show improvement after his sophomore season. Now if USC had 25 scholarships, maybe it would sign him anyways. I definitely think they would sign Jaydon Mickens with 25 scholarships. I think Lane Kiffin’s done a very good job recruiting. But like Kiffin, I thought USC fizzled at the end with Andrus Peat and Kyle Murphy going elsewhere.
I already wrote at length about USC getting involved with Murphy late. That is the only real weakness I have seen with Kiffin. Otherwise he has done a nice job.
Q: gotroy22 said:
Do you think Nelson Agholor will end up as our running back out of this class?
A: He will be a spot tailback or situational back in the way Lane Kiffin wanted to use George Farmer. But I think he will also be used at wide receiver.