Liam Douglass, an offensive tackle from Harvard-Westlake, committed to USC. The same day he received an offer. I think every recruit should commit when USC offers. Then what happens? Do 30 extra recruits get told it was all a misunderstanding?
Douglass was offered by Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Colorado State, Hawaii, Kansas, San Jose State, Toledo, Central Florida, Utah State and Washington State.
USC had one of its million camps today and offered at least eight recruits: Tailback Kendall Milton from Clovis Buchanan (Class of 2020); defensive lineman Jeremiah Martin of San Bernardino Cajon; wide receiver Kyle Ford of Orange Lutheran; linebacker Justin Flowe Upland; cornerback Jeremiah Criddell of Rancho Cucamonga (2019) and three Class of 2019 players (tight end Jude Wolfe, wide receiver Josh Delgado, linebacker Ralen Goforth). Who is this Wolfe that spells his name with an e at the end?
Lydia Murphy-Stephans, the outgoing Pac-12 Networks president, said in an interview with Cablefax that conference administrators were never told the network would deliver revenues like the Big Ten or SEC Networks:
“There is a gap between what Pac-12 Networks delivers and the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network. What has to be factored in is the revenue specifically from Pac-12 Networks is only one part of the overall revenue each university receives from the Pac-12.
“I understand there is frustration, though no athletic director or administrator was ever told the Pac-12 Networks would deliver the same or more revenue than what its peer conferences are currently getting from their networks.”
I would bet some athletic directors and school presidents actually disagree. The network was supposed to deliver $5 million per year to each school but actually delivers $1.5 million. And I bet the Pac-12 gave the universities the impression they would have an agreement with DirecTV. By the way,
By the way, Murphy-Stephans made $1.3 million in 2015. Overall, here is how the Pac-12 compares to other conferences in overall payouts for 2017 according to the San Jose Mercury News.
SEC: $44 million
Big Ten: $38 million
Big 12: $34 million
Pac-12: $29.5 million
One thing to remember regarding a top QB switching their commitment to USC in the wake of the Matt Corral situation. Is USC a better situation when it will have Jack Sears with a redshirt year under his belt?
Would you rather go to USC and compete against Sears in 2018 or commit to UCLA with Jose Rosen leaving and Devon Modster your primary competition?
Meanwhile, Oregon QB Travis Jonsen is transferring to Riverside City College, so USC could always bring him in for 2018.
Remember last week I mentioned Cliff Robinson was the No. 11 pick in the 1979 NBA Draft? Well, how about forward Bill Hewitt? He was the No. 11 pick in the 1968 NBA Draft by the Lakers. He was an All-American and All-Pac-8 player. Hewitt averaged 19.5 points in 1967 and 18.8 in 1968. Hewitt is not in the USC Hall of Fame.
That’s not a great picture above but it’s a rare color photo of Hewitt in 1967. Below, is a much better photo.
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.