Excerpt: “The reason Barkley did not thrive here is not because he isn’t mobile. (Chip) Kelly has clearly shown that he can win without multipurpose quarterbacks. Barkley’s problems have stemmed from a lack of arm strength. At first, it was the shoulder. But even the marginal power he has gained over the last two years hasn’t offset the fact that he doesn’t do one thing great.”
With USC taking even more blue shirts, it looks like it can sign around 20 recruits in February. There are currently 16 commits. So what happens with big-time receiver prospects like Theo Howard, Javon McKinley or Freddie Swain still out there and USC already having five commitments from wide receivers?
What is likely is someone who is committed gets dropped or USC backs off on some of the uncommitted receivers. It already sounds like USC is not especially strong with McKinley, who I think is worth taking and better than a couple of the committed prospects. And I suspect one of the committed receivers will change his mind, sort of like tailback Melquise Stovall, who looks like he got dropped by the Trojans.
In this episode, co-host Reid Silverman and I discuss freshman linebacker Cameron Smith starting his first game, Clay Helton taking over play calling, Steve Sarkisian and Adoree Jackson’s chances for a big start to the season.
Steve Sarkisian said Clay Helton turned down several jobs in the offseason and giving him playcalling was an incentive to stay. Helton said today he stayed because he’s known Cody Kessler for “seven years” including the two years he spent recruiting him. And he wanted to coach at USC post-NCAA sanctions.
You might remember Lane Kiffin said Helton turned down jobs at two “top five” programs in 2013 to remain at USC. But when I asked Helton about that, he laughed. So who knows if it was true.
Pat Haden gave his “State of Troy” for September today and addressed Steve Sarkisian’s situation. It is almost verbatim to what he said last night.
“Steve has discussed the counseling part of it, which he has already started. He has told me that it has been helpful, and he has approached it with an open mind,” Haden said. “I understand that some people disagree with my decisions, this happens all the time.”
It would nice if Haden also answered some questions from the media.
Does USC really need another blue shirt player, which takes a scholarship away from the following recruiting class? Today, the Trojans added punter Chris Tilbey from San Francisco City College. Tilbey is from Australia and uses the Aussie-style for punting.
But that now means five players are “blue shirts.” Is it more important to have those players now than signing a four-or-five star prospect in February? I think it depends on each case but if USC misses out on a big-time prospect because it did not have a scholarship, that’s an issue. Continue reading “USC Adds Another Blue Shirt” »