Sam Darnold Says You Have To Be Mean In Los Angeles

USC quarterback Sam Darnold is at the Manning Passing Academy this weekend in Thibodaux, La. And he said the people are friendlier than in Los Angeles.

“You learn so much just from how nice the people are compared to people in L.A.,” Darnold said. “It gets super crowded and people are mean to each other. The hospitality here is amazing. Nothing against people from L.A., but you have to be mean if you’re in L.A. it’s just how it is down there. Big cities with a lot of people, something is going to happen.”

So much for making him an L.A. 2024 spokesperson.

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USC Is Everywhere


The USC band performed at the opening of the Wilshire Grand Center in downtown L.A., the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The Wilshire Grand Center is the brainchild of Yang-ho Cho, the 68-year-old Chairman and CEO of Korean Airlines, who earned his MBA from USC in 1979.

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USC Morning Buzz: If It’s Sunday, There Must Be Another Rising Stars Camp

USC is holding another of its “Rising Stars” camps today at Howard Jones Field. That means more players should be “blessed” to receive a scholarship offer. Is anyone ever something besides blessed? How about thrilled? Or shocked? Or just happy?

And if someone commits today, it might or might not actually matter. Here’s a recruiting stat that caught my attention: UCLA has offered eight players at St. John Bosco from the Class of 2019.

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The Value Of A Commitment

When linebacker Kana’i Mauga committed to USC this morning, he said, “although I have verbally committed, I am continuing to leave my options open.”

This is why commitments are essentially meaningless. He will come to USC unless he changes his mind. And USC will give him a scholarship unless it changes its mind. But it’s recruiting, so it has to be important!

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USC Morning Buzz: There’s Always Something To Say On Matt Corral

Matt Corral decommtted from USC a week ago. Now he is going to choose a new college before school starts. That’s not a lot of time. Nebraska is one of the schools Corral is considering. It’s not a bad choice with Mike Riley’s quarterback expertise. I’m not sure why Corral thinks he has to go to an SEC school now. No one else big-time enough?

And what of USC? Quarterback J.T. Shrout, who recently committed to Cal, is now being evaluated. I bet Justin Wilcox, fired by Clay Helton, would appreciate USC trying to steal his QB commit. Since everything is related to USC, the Trojans are also looking at QB Jacob Sirmon, who committed to Washington. Sirmon is the nephew of former USC linebackers coach Peter Sirmon.

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Where Do USC Players Stand In 2018 NBA Draft?

There are some 2018 NBA mock drafts that show two players — forward Chimezie Metu, guard De’Anthony Melton — are mid-to-late first round draft picks. No sign of Bennie Boatwright. Or Elijah Stewart. Or Jordan McLaughlin. That has to be a disappointment to Boatwright. Melton (above) is so athletic that teams are intrigued by him. Who isn’t going to turn pro for USC after next season?

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Who Else Will Be With Sam Darnold At Manning Academy?

Sam Darnold is not the only big-name QB at the Manning Passing Academy this weekend. Among the other quarterbacks: Justin Herbert (Oregon); Josh Allen (Wyoming); Jalen Hurts (Alabama); Lamar Jackson (Louisville); Jake Bentley (South Carolina); Jake Browning (Washington); Shane Buechele (Texas); Jacob Eason (Georgia); Danny Etling (LSU); Ryan Finley (North Carolina State); Shea Patterson (Mississippi) and John O’Korn (Michigan).

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