How quickly things can change for coach Lane Kiffin and the USC Trojans. Last August, USC was the preseason number one team in the country and after the season Kiffin would again have one of the top recruiting classes in the country. The Trojans had a high powered offense with the front runner for Heisman Trophy Matt Barkley returning for his senior year and two of the best receivers in college football, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. The only weakness the Trojans had on offense was running back so Kiffin went out and recruited Silas Redd from Penn State.
Well, things didn’t work out as anticipated and USC had a miserable season losing five of their last six games. Things have not been much better in recruiting for USC. The Trojans began losing recruits and since November the Trojans have lost five recruits.
Eddie Vanderdoes, a four-star defensive tackle from Placer, California decommitted in late December. Vanderdoes visited Notre Dame last week and still has USC, UCLA and Washington on his list. Vanderdoes did not state that USC was out of the running but if he isn’t having second thoughts why would he reopen the recruitment.
Max Redfield, safety from Mission Viejo, California committed to USC before reopening the recruitment process and took trips to Washington, Oregon and Notre Dame. Redfield did not keep his recruitment open that long and he chose the Irish after his visit in early October. Redfield witnessed Notre Dame defeat Stanford in overtime and that experience that weekend was the leading factor in his decision.
Sebastin LaRue, a four-star wide receiver from Santa Monica, California committed in June but did not cancel his visits. LaRue is a top ten talent and still has visits scheduled to Texas A & M and Notre Dame while Washington State and Ohio State could also be possibilities for LaRue.
Eldridge Massington, a four-star wide receiver chose to decommit from USC and head to rival UCLA. Massington was ranked in the top 50 prospects for multiple publications. Massington was told by coaches that although he was set to arrive in January his arrival would have to be delayed. Massington chose to leave once USC coaches contacted him telling him he would not be able to arrive until the summer.
Kylie Fitts, a defensive end the most recent to decommit from the Trojans. Fitts, like Massington, was supposed to arrive on campus last week before being told by a USC coach three days before his arrival that his scholarship would be delayed until after the spring semester. “Something happened recently that questioned my trust in USC, so I’m reopening my recruitment,” said Fitts. Fitts is scheduled to visit UCLA and Notre Dame.
After telling multiple recruits that they had a home at USC and then later telling them that their spots were gone is wrong. Kiffin does not deserve to have a top recruiting class. After seeing multiple recruits leave, try being honest Lane. Actually Kiffin, keep doing what you are doing, there are a number of universities that will be happy to keep taking the top players in the country.