The Saga of Dillon Baxter 

October, 26, 2011
It was only a short time ago that Dillon Baxter was a can’t-miss prospect. He showed up at the USC Rising Stars Camp as a sophomore and wowed everyone with his performance and his goal of one day playing for the Trojans. He put up huge numbers as a senior, including a state high school record for touchdowns in one season.

After enrolling early at USC, he became a YouTube sensation with a weaving spring-ball run, and coach Lane Kiffin was quoted multiple times as saying Baxter was as talented as any player on the Trojans' roster.

Not long after his arrival, however, the whispers started about off-the-field issues as well as -- after the NCAA sanctions were announced -- some strange claims of contact from other schools, which turned out to be false. In 2010, Kiffin suspended Baxter for the season opener against Hawaii for not meeting the standard of a USC student-athlete. Later in the season Baxter was held out of a game after taking a golf cart ride with a wannabe sports agent.