Since USC seems to be in panic stations following the decommitment of Matt Corral, it’s worth noting eight of the top 10 pro-style quarterbacks per Rivals.com are all committed to other schools. Now recruits can change their mind at any moment, like Corral, and USC already offered Jack Tuttle (Utah), who said he is still committed to Utah.
But what about QB Tanner McKee of Corona Centennial (above)? He performed well at the Elite 11 camp a couple weeks ago. People I spoke to said he performed better than Corral. And USC has not even offered him. So keep an eye on McKee.
Let it be said I don’t think it is earth-shattering if USC does not sign a QB in this class. Jack Sears can start in 2018 with Matt Fink the backup and USC could always get a junior-college QB as insurance. Did anyone think Corral was going to sit back and watch Sears start anyways?
You know who had a pretty good weekend? USC redshirt freshman QB Matt Fink. He no longer has a five-star ranked QB who expects to be the starter or the backup coming next year. Now USC might sign another good QB but the way the Trojans are tossing out offers, who knows how good their backup plan is? USC is now recruiting Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who is committed to UCLA. Seems late in the game for that.
One reason I doubted Matt Corral’s commitment to USC would stick was because he reminded me of Tate Martell. Lots of drama and maybe not a lot of contentment.
Martell actually committed to three schools and always seemed to want the perfect situation, which does not exist. Now USC seems to have backed off on Corral but the way it happened is so sloppy, I doubt this is some well-executed plan. More like a decision that was debated and then suddenly implemented. Kind of like when Sam Darnold was finally named the starter.
If USC really had thought this out for a long time, it would have been working hard behind the scenes on other QBs. Not offering Jack Tuttle this morning.
Quarterback Matt Corral, the five-star who is now at Long Beach Poly, has decommitted from USC. He is looking at Alabama, Florida and Georgia, among other schools. This does not surprise in the least. In February, I mentioned the possibility he would never arrive.
“I did decommit from USC,” Corral said in a statement to USA Today. “I have a lot of love for the Heltons and the USC football program. I also thank them for all the knowledge they have shared with me.”
USC offered Utah commit Jack Tuttle this morning but the quarterback said he is still committed to the Utes. Talk about a knee-jerk reaction by USC. But they should have seen this coming. Corral gets a lot of attention and was bound to want to shop around sooner or later. And I always wondered how he would coexist with Jack Sears.
UPDATED: For what it’s worth, I’ve also heard people with ties to Oaks Christian (Corral’s original high school) and USC were not thrilled with Corral’s commitment after his alleged altercation at the school. And it may be a coincidence, but USC offered Class of 2020 QB Bryce Young of Cathedral this afternoon.
UPDATED II: USC has also offered Class of 2021 QB Aaron McLaughlin of Buford, Ga., who attended last weekend’s Rising Stars camp.
Utah announced today it would add men’s lacrosse as an NCAA sport for the 2018-19 school year. Don’t get your hopes up that USC might follow the Utes. Adding a men’s sport would upset the delicate balance for Title IX requirements so no one really expects USC to add another men’s sport, even if it doesn’t require another field or stadium to be built.
Ed Orgeron succeeded as USC interim coach and LSU interim coach, in part because he changed from the mini-dictator ways he exhibited at Mississippi. Earlier this week, he was criticized because LSU appeared to be using political pressure to get satellite camps in Louisiana canceled that involved Texas schools.
Now he has blocked former LSU offensive lineman Willie Allen from transferring to any SEC school . . . and TCU. Apparently, he is upset that Class of 2018 QB Justin Rogers of Louisiana has committed to TCU.
This is the kind of mindset that got Orgeron in trouble at Mississippi.