Recruit Austin Malaota `Decommits’ From USC

This is a joke, really, when it gets written that Corona Centennial defensive lineman Austin Malaota “decommitted” from USC. Malaota wants to go to USC and committed immediately after offered a scholarship.

But he is no longer wanted. USC decommitted from him. Malaota did not decommit from USC. Remember that the next time you berate a recruit for switching his commitment.

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  • Trogan Fan

    Or another school for doing the same.

  • rusoviet

    Well Scott’s it’s on you to so state – not us.

    • Helen

      Could he, might he, will he – interview a coach or recruit to determine the truth before reporting it?

  • ProbationU

    It happens everywhere, Scott. Not that big of a deal, especially with a new staff and a very limited # of scholarships available. If SC thinks they are getting Smith and Mama and possibly some others, then they need to create room for them. It’s called math.

  • LamontRaymond

    It’s what happens during the Denise & Lamar Griffin Memorial Sanctions…..Other schools can take all comers. Unfortunately, greedy #5 made that impossible for us now 9 years later….

    • tim chaney

      it wasn’t the kid, it was his dad…

  • USCs Troll Killa

    Wish him well. I hope he lands someplace. If not, the NCAA is to blame for taking a college opportunity away from a worthy kid.

    • Toejam For Life

      Southern Cal took away the opportunity by jerking around the NCAA for four years!

      • USCs Troll Killa

        Nobody from USC denies that we should be punished to a lesser degree. I hope you’re newfound success does not result in similar hanger-ons desperate to make a name for themselves by blowing the whistle first. With sincerity, I do not wish that injustice upon anyone again. If you see no problem in the injustice, you are blinded by hate.

      • TrojanFan3.0

        I’m sure you enjoy jerking it!…ouch!

  • gotroy22

    He said “Fight On until I die”…now will he end up with the ruins?

    • ProbationU

      No place for him in Westwood. Already have 2 DE’s coming that are better.

  • steveg

    Scott teaching us a lesson. Wow, we sure will remember that the next time a recruit goes against his word. There should be no such thing as a commit until signing day, then nobody gets called names.

  • Marv Elapes

    This might drum up drama on an espn blog, where most of the posters are uninformed. But here, it’s just another day at the office.

  • Ray Reyes

    I wish the kid well. This is Sark replacing the “questionables” with his style recruits, I have no problem with it.

    • Toejam For Life

      Seven Win Sarkiffin On!

  • Ron Fleishman

    Happens at every school Wolfie, for once in your journalist life(did I really say that) report and speak the norm and don’t make appear that it only occurs at SC.

  • gillyking

    I don’t blame Sark for not keeping a recruit that he wouldn’t have recruited. It’s just business. He did the kid a favor by getting this de-commitment out of the way as early as possible. This move, and probably 2 (Dorton/Fields) more moves will open 3 scholly’s for better players that the coaches would rather sign.

  • 22

    I am very sorry and disappointed to hear this. Times have changed: Commitments don’t mean much anymore. All the best to Austin.

  • Arturo

    SC wanted him but only as their 24th or 25th schollie under normal circumstances. With the reductions, Sark can’t miss on a player.

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    Let’s see,,,USC decommitted …or a new coach is not quite as interested as previous one,so the athlete decommitts,’cause he wants a coach to recruit him like the others…the offer was not changed by USC,he could have remained committed and proven himself to new coaches;that is the truth,and you always choose the school because you want your degree from that school and want to play for them,if possible.Sorry he decommitted,he should have stayed and proven himself.

  • B.Miller

    Awwh.. sounds like Wolf has some hurt feelings about this..
    Unfortunately Wolf.. USC has limited Scholarships, and not all will be able to attend..
    He can work and get a Blue Shirt offer to USC though?
    Dont take it personal Wolf.. Not like its your scholarship..