USC has dropped all the way down to a No. 10 seed in Joe Lunardi’s NCAA Tournament projection for ESPN. The Trojans are a No. 9 seed in USA Today, which means a dreaded second-round matchup with a No. 1 seed in the second round.
Everyone remembers the Baby Quarterback (David Sills), who offered at a tender age and then committed to USC. He was subsequently dropped by Steve Sarkisian. But what about Nathan Tilford? He was the wide receiver-turned-tailback who USC offered in the eighth grade back in 2013. Three weeks ago, he signed with Arizona. So what was the point of that eighth-grade offer again?
USC hosted a large group of junior (and some sophomore) recruits over the weekend so I’ve put together a list of some of the prospects, including their recruiting ranking. The full list is after the jump:
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In honor of President’s Day, here’s Franklin D. Roosevelt visiting USC on Oct. 1, 1935. Roosevelt made a short stop during his motorcade through the city on his first visit to Los Angeles as president. After the stop he traveled to the Coliseum to give a speech.
Former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain spoke to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel about Lane Kiffin. Mustain said Kiffin seemed “wholly disinterested” in being USC coach.
“There was nothing unique about what he did,” Mustain said. “It just seemed to us, there was no effort for it. It was almost as if he was wholly disinterested in being the head coach. You can tell he enjoys the play-calling. He enjoys working with the offense and making that run. He was very good at it. As for the whole thing, it seemed that maybe it just wasn’t really where he wanted to be.” Full story here
Signing Day was less than three weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean the ridiculously early 2018 recruiting rankings are not in full bloom. USC is ranked No. 6 by Rivals after Sunday’s commitment by outside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. The Trojans have six commitments.
The class already has a five-star commitment in quarterback Matt Corral. I would be remiss not to remind you that at one time Ricky Town was a five-star quarterback. And I’ve mentioned some poor performances by five-star QBs here. And here. By the way, Sam Darnold was only a four-star quarterback.
This makes me wish I had the Pac-12 Network. Don MacLean and Kevin O’Neill had no tolerance for LaVar Ball’s comments that his son, Lonzo, is going to be better than Steph Curry, which LaVar repeated last night.
MacLean: “If you’re talking about that your son’s better than the NBA league MVP when your son’s not even going to be the Pac-12 MVP, that takes away some of your credibility. And I’m not sure how much longer people are even going to want to interview LaVar Ball if he’s making statements this outrageous.”
O’Neill: “He wants to be in front of the camera. He was never good enough to be in front of the camera. I’m not sure his son’s going to be a great NBA player. He doesn’t have any mid-range game. The more it goes on, the more he gets exposed. LaVar should just shut up and let his kids enjoy themselves.”