Not too long ago, the Southern Cal Trojans were building what looked to be one of the greatest recruiting classes of the modern era. It made sense, the Trojans were coming off a ten-win season, the sanctions were ending, and the mighty men of Troy were ranked number one in the country.
Then ‘Lame Duck’ Lane Kiffin and co. worked their magic on (and off) the field. And by magic, I mean totally fall flat. There was the jersey-switching snafu, in which Kiffin made two of his players switch jerseys in the middle of the game to try and get a two point conversion against the lowly Colorado Buffaloes. The Trojans won 50-6, and Kiffin is not only going for two, but cheating while doing it?
Then there was the ‘rogue’ ball manager, who was deflating balls to give the Trojans an advantage. Obviously, this must have been the brainchild of a 17-year old boy who had the cojones to give the Trojans an unfair advantage, right? There’s no way Kiffin and his cronies had anything to do with it right? Of course not, that’s why Kiffin rolled the kid under the bus, assuming no knowledge of it whatsoever.
Then there were lots of little things, like locker room fights, showing up hours late for ceremony dinners, etc.
People, I’m not even mentioning the fact that the Trojans, who started the year ranked number one (ahead of Alabama), finished 7-6 and losing 5 out of their last 6 games. The only reason Kiffin and cronies kept their jobs was because of their remarkable recruiting class they were assembling.
Well now, that’s dissolving. Kiffin’s cronies are good salesmen, I’ll give them that. But they aren’t the only ones on the block who can sell, and they don’t have much to sell right now with the shape of their program. One by one, the Trojans recruiting class has fallen apart. Guys like Kylie Fitts, who wanted to enroll early at SC, but days before he was set to enroll, Kiffin told him he didn’t have a scholarship for him anymore at the present time.
Eddie Vanderdoes, one of, if not the, best defensive tackles in the country de-committed not long ago, and now will be going to either one of the Trojans biggest rivals: UCLA or Notre Dame. Max Redfield, a 5-star safety, de-committed about a month ago in favor of Notre Dame.
Those are just the monster names who’ve changed their minds about Kiffin and his cronies. Sebastian LaRue, Eldridge Massington, Jason Hatcher, Torrodney Prevot, etc, are some more. The list goes on and on.
Now, less than 24 hours before National Signing Day commences, one of the biggest names still left on the Trojans commit list- Jalen Ramsey- is set to de-commit and sign with the Florida State Seminoles.
Sources confirmed that the talented cornerback from Brentwood Academy (Nashville, TN), has notified the Seminoles coaching staff that he plans to switch tomorrow. The 6’0” 190lb cover man is ranked by rivals.com as the number-one player in the state of Tennessee, the third-ranked cornerback in the country, and the 10th best player overall.
So the big names the Trojans had on their board not long ago are slowly and steadily falling away. The Trojans will still have a top-ten class (probably), but it’s not even close to what it should’ve been. The Trojans now have just 13 players left committed. Could this be the beginning of the end for the most over-hyped and overrated coach of the last decade?