I’m not surprised USC is backing off some recruits since Steve Sarkisian was hired. Wide receiver Shay Fields was a late commitment to Ed Orgeron and going to Boise State before USC offered. Defensive lineman Austin Malaota is the type of recruit that I can see a difference of opinion between coaches.
But the persistent talk that USC’s backed off some on defensive end Malik Dorton seems curious. He’s been offered by Oklahoma and Nebraska, which is indication he has potential. I’ve heard his performance in games this season did not thrill the new coaching staff.
At the end of the day, Dorton could still wind up a Trojan. But if he doesn’t, it will be a rare case of a four-star recruit being dropped instead of the other way around during a coaching change.