Recruiting/Reality Check

When wide receiver Jordan Lasley of Serra High School committed to UCLA yesterday, it sparked talk of a shift because Serra receivers usually go to USC. Left out of that talk is that Lasley was not offered a scholarship by USC.
But it’s a good starting point to a bigger issue: USC’s recruiting class, with five commitments, is currently ranked 45th in the nation. There is not nearly as much buzz about USC in recruiting as a year ago. And that is because the program is being held hostage to a certain degree over Lane Kiffin’s status.
A year ago USC came off its 10-2 season and was the preseason No. 1. Now it is trying to crack most top 25 polls amid doubts over Kiffin’s status. A year ago, USC had defeated UCLA 50-0 in its final game. Now it is coming off a loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. That alone explains why UCLA will get more recruits even if USC does not offer them.
The reality is that USC’s recruiting class might not take off until after the season, once Kiffin’s status is determined.

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  • Trojan Hoarse

    Regardless, what is the value of a verbal commitment anyway? Wolf, you questioned this yourself after the recent change of heart by both Vanderdoes and Thomas even though they had each signed their LOI….. …granted, stability in the coaching staff is always a plus. …..

  • Bestlakersfan

    Fucla got a commitment from a player SC wouldn’t even offer and you think it is noteworthy to discuss a shift in LA recruiting? Hahaha, you are an utter moron. Had SC offered him, he would’ve and still would commit on the spot. Fucla got one commitment in their camp. Watch how many 4 and 5 star talent commits to SC after the RSC. Camp. Wolf, you pathetic puke, go rot.

    • Joe Blow


    • TrojanFan


    • Spedjones

      Yeah, let’s watch. Hope that President Bush shows up too. Er, wait, you mean it’s not 2003 anymore?

      • Joe Blow

        Or Eisenhower? Er, wait, you mean it’s not 1954 anymore?

  • TrojanConquest

    There are 3 scenarios. First one is SC has a good/great year of 3 losses or less, wins the Pac12 South, and goes to a BSC bowl or at least the Holiday Bowl. Second is they lose 5 games or more and Kiffin gets fired. Third is SC losses 4 games, and no Pac12 South title. Scenario 1 and SC and Kiffin will be fine, with excellent recruiting. Scenario 2 and Kiffin will be fired, but SC and recruiting will be fine by hiring a Chris Petersen or another top coach. The worst case will be if SC loses 4 games and retains Kiffin. It will especially sting if the Pac12 South goes to UCLA.

    • B.Miller

      Senerio 2, rather it be Charlie Strong! but go on…

  • Spedjones

    Not as important as the commit is the commit’s comment – SC used to be his favorite school, but now everybody knows that it’s all about UCLA. Dismiss a 3* WR from Serra if you will, but it’s folly to think he’s alone in his thinking here. Silly trogans still can’t see what’s right in front of them.

    • Joe Blow

      Yep. Sure is. Just ask the kid from Pitt! CROTCH KICK.

  • B.Miller

    A 3 star recruit was worth 5 pages of copy and paste reporting.. your story has NO VALUE!
    If you get out and ask recruits what their thoughts were on Kiffin/recruting and his status, then I might actually respect this story..