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Okay, all the Lane Kiffin jokes and hatred aside, what the heck's going on with USC's recruiting class?
4-star DE Kylie Fitts just became the fifth decommitment for the Trojans, joining Max Redfield, Eldridge Massington, Eddie Vanderdoes and Sebastian LaRue. What's especially shocking about Fitts is that he had not only committed to USC back in April but was an early enrollee scheduled to start classes next Monday.
"Something happened recently that questioned my trust in USC, so I'm reopening my recruitment," Fitts said. "It literally broke my heart. I broke down and cried. It was so hard for me and my family. It's just what's best for me at this moment. I'm putting in God's hands and trusting that everything will work out."
Something smells fishy out in Los Angeles.
I hate to be one to speculate but it's seems like USC reneged with this particular recruit--as opposed to the recruit looking elsewhere because of Team Kiffin's epic collapse this season.
I never understood how USC recruited as well as they do. I get the whole California/Hollywood thing but there are years when they bring in one 5 star after another at the same position. Ohio State on the other hand, when we land a dynamic player at what ever position, it makes it virtually impossible to recruit that position for at least two more classes. I think what is happening now at USC, these players are seeing the roster and there might be more potential playing time somewhere else.
This post was edited by osuum 18 months ago
They wouldn't allow him or the others to enroll early. They wanted them to wait until June. USC is already at 75 scollies, their limit.
I can't believe that's it. QB Max Browne's enrolling early and apparently there are others. Were Redfield, LaRue, Massington and Vanderdoes all enrolling early?
Cravens enrolled early as well, if any one has the Army All-American bowl dvr'd they mention who was enrolling early at SC, when talking about Vanderlose.
This post was edited by bucknut073 18 months ago
I found this posted on ESPiN's board on this topic. Take it for what it is worth.
Here's what happened: Leon McQuay III (a 4* CB) recently committed to USC this past week, and wanted to enroll early. They let McQuay enroll early to ensure that they got him, but this put USC at their scholarship limit of 75 for the spring semester. Thus, they could not allow Fitts to enroll this semester, but they do have "room" for him starting in the fall. Thus, they just told him that he can't enroll early, but they want him to enroll in the fall. Obviously, this is shady and Kiffin is using the fact that Fitts has been committed to his "dream school" for over a year, banking on the fact that Fitts will still commit to USC in the fall even though Kiffin waited until the last minute to tell him he can't enroll this semester.
"hey guys it's coach kiffin," hang up. "mommmmmm im decommitting from usc. their coach is a dick head!"
That is what I read on SC'S BOARD. Seems as though someone may not have finished school in time as well in that they expected seven seniors to graduate and that WAS enough to allow Forts to enroll. I would be pissed. I think UCLA is going to begin a short takeover of LA . MIGH be time of the Bruin?????
So let me get his straight...Kylie is a dude?
Wow...The surprise here is that I thought Pat Haden had more class than this...Maybe not, or maybe his arrogance is showing?
How firm thy friendship O-HI-O
Wow very shaky recruiting, too bad we don't need another DE
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Marty16x1 18 months ago
The rumor is Leon McQuay (who we were recruiting) was given an early entry spot, and Fitts was told that he could not be admitted until the summer.
Basically, Kiffin being Kiffin.
Wow, so Kiffin really is a weasel to the nth degree. I knew there was something to justify my totally dislike of the man. The stories out of USC just get more absurd. This guy really is out of his league.
I can't see them keeping him too long...
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by miguelissimo 18 months ago
"Buckeye born and bred, a Buckeye 'til I'm dead"
Kiffin is a piece of shit and has it written all over his face.
He's done nothing to deserve the opportunities he's been handed on a silver platter.
I hope he bombs out and is trying to coach Baldwin Wallace in ten years.
"man we got some fuckin weirdos on this site." - Davebucknut 9/5/13 post of the year
It's stuff like this which takes my mind back to the Cooper years when we had a pipeline out west.
The most memorable being Na'il Diggs. He was a surefire U$C commit. He was ready to sign on the dotted line until Mike Garrett fired his sister's fiancee who at the time was the men's basketball coach and an Ohio native. Bill Conley swooped in and flipped him eastward.
So I could only imagine had Conley still been here what kind of "magic" if you will he could've produced with a good many of those U$C decommits.
We don't? I'm not so sure.
Until our DEs can begin producing on average 6 or more sacks/season and being disruptive to the opposing offense I'd say we do.
Sure we have depth but that depth (J.T. Moore, Miller, Pittman, Spence) has to step up like yesterday.
I only say this because it wasn't too long ago we thought we were safe at LB'er. That is until the 2012 season got underway.
Spence, Washington, Bosa (if he stays there), Sprinkle, Lewis, Pittman, Marcus, all in the last 2 classes..... Why would we take more "unproven". We are limited on scholarships, so I dont think adding more guys at that position is a good idea....
Btw, Spence and Washington did extremely well this year.....
This post was edited by OHSethIO 18 months ago
I have been saying this about Lame Sniffin forever now but what I don't understand is why Pat Haden keeps him. Is it the buyout or is he waiting until he buries U$C again? Sniffin is a scum bag and he always has been a scum bag everywhere he has been and the sooner recruits learn this the better (expecially UCLA).
Her name is Layla.
I wouldn't go so far as to say they did "extremely well." But I would say they improved at a pace consistent with the rest of our defense so that by the last few games of the season, they were playing at a very high level, well enough to give us confidence that with their first winter of Camp Mariotti approching plus spring ball, confidence is high that although we'll be young on the DL, the talent is definitely there and if their effort and growth through the season are any indication, we have a lot to look forward to.
Anyone care to remember what a shambles our defense was in after just barely beating Indiana--Indiana!--in a shootout? But by November, the most critical month of the college football season but especially in the B1G, OSU's defense was playing at its peak, ranking second in the nation in total defense for the games played that month as it allowed fewer than 270 yards per game and just 143 through the air. The Buckeyes also allowed the second-fewest number of plays 10+ yards. Perhaps the biggest indicator that the Silver Bullets had finally arrived was limiting Michigan to only 60 second-half yards.
“There’s a common denominator for the top five teams in America,” said Meyer, following the Buckeyes’ win over scUM. “The denominator was not part of our system, and that’s a great defense. I’ve been blessed to coach a couple championship teams, and the common denominator is not rushing yardage, passing yardage, blocked punts, whatever–it’s great defense.”
“I saw a team that had holes and filled the holes,” Meyer said, reflecting on the Indiana game. “(Now) I really believe we can play with any team in the country.”
And when Schutt, Spence and Washington were praised after the scUM game, Meyer said, “Sometimes you recruit guys that are overrated. The names you just mentioned are not overrated. They’re going to be great players here. They’re going to be great players here, and I appreciate the effort.”
And WHAT has Baldwin-Wallace done to deserve THAT fate?? lol.
This sounds completely plausible but I have a couple of questions. I was under the impression that teams didn't have to declare who was under scholarship until a certain deadline which I thought was sometime in August. Is that not the case? Could this have something to do with which year the scholarship is counted against? I know that teams sometimes massage their numbers by counting recruits against different classes then the one they would logically appear to be in and that the date of enrollment is part of that process. However I thought that practice is used to get around the 25 recruits per class limit in the same way grey shirting is. USC is clearly well under the 25 recruit limit and would not seem to need to be worrying about that. Reading the reports certainly sounds like this event is the result of something USC did and not a sudden desire on his part to go elsewhere. I would not be surprised if this doesn't get worked out and he enrolls at USC in the fall.
Kiffin is an interesting character without a doubt. Starting at a very young age he has landed one plum job after another without appearing to have done anything to warrant anyone hiring him for any of them. Talk about not paying your dues. Oakland hands him an NFL head coaching job for no apparent reason and he doesn't even last one season. He parlays that example of coaching excellence into the head coaching job at Tennessee which while not the top job in college football certainly should be able to do better then to hire someone with nothing more to show for himself then Kiffin. He spends one uninspiring season at Tennessee and then gets handed the USC job which certainly is one of the highest profile positions in college football. I find his entire career inexplicable. I would say that one more underachieving year like he had last season at USC and he might find his luck has run out, but then again I can't figure out anything about this guy so making predictions would seem foolhardy.
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