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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Sills undaunted by other '15 quarterbacks

By Blair Angulo

Class of 2015 quarterback David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) gave a verbal commitment to USC head coach Lane Kiffin more than three years ago, but that didn’t prevent Kiffin and assistant coach Clay Helton from extending scholarship offers to local standouts Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) recently.

Rosen and Town -- rated No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, among pocket passers in the 2015 class -- warranted offers with solid performances at USC’s Rising Stars Camp, an event Sills also competed in. Thus, offers to both Rosen and Town would suggest the staff's evaluation is that they are on par with, or better than, the longtime commit.

Josh Rosen, Ricky Town
Josh Rosen and Ricky Town are the top-rated quarterbacks in 2015. Both are from Southern California and both have USC offers.
“I thought I did well,” said Sills, who committed to the Trojans as a 13-year-old in 2010. “I had a great time out there. I loved all the coaches and it was a great experience. We battled throughout the day. We each had our ups and our lows in different areas, but we all made some great plays and battled through the camp. It was good to compete with both of them. They’re great players.”

The Trojans missed on No. 1-rated pocket passer and Stanford pledge Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) in the 2014 cycle, and have seen a number of other potential options commit elsewhere. If either Cody Kessler or Max Wittek transfer, signing a quarterback in February is considered imperative.

The alternative, though, would be to sign two at the position in 2015. Sills, the only member of that recruiting class thus far, seems to be on board with that idea.

“At the end of the day, I’m going to do what’s best for me and what will put me in the best position,” Sills said. “I’m willing to work against anybody in the country and I feel like I can compete against anybody in the country. I love competition. That is what this game is all about. We’ll see how that goes heading into college. Right now it’s USC.”

David Sills
Class of 2015 quarterback David Sills, who committed to USC as an eighth-grader, welcomes the competition.
The last year has been a silent one for Sills, who, despite all the publicity and hype, failed to crack the ESPN Junior 300 rankings when they were released earlier this summer. A major reason for that was the lack of film from his sophomore season, which came to an abrupt end last fall. Sills and Eastern Christian Academy, where current USC freshmen Kenny Bigelow and Khaliel Rodgers attended school last year, played only three games after failing to gain accreditation from the state athletic association.

Sills, who passed for more than 700 yards and nine touchdowns in the first two weeks, played in only three games before the season was cut short. He said Eastern Christian Academy, entering its second academic year, will have a full football schedule this fall.

“We’re going to play as hard as we ever have,” Sills said. “This season is going to be personal for us. I’ve really extended my game this offseason and improved in all aspects as a quarterback. Even though we played only three games last year, I feel like I’ve improved 100 percent and I’m better than I was at this time last year.”

Aside from competing against some top local talent, the recent trip to Los Angeles allowed Sills to build on his relationships with Kiffin and Helton.

“Every time I go out there I feel more and more comfortable with them,” Sills said. “We’re becoming closer, for sure. And it makes me feel even more at home just knowing that both my former teammates are there. They’re loving every minute of being out there, so it makes me feel better about my decision.”

Sills hasn’t yet made plans to visit campus for a game this upcoming season, but he said he intends to take “multiple” trips after his junior campaign as he readies himself for the next level, with or without another 2015 quarterback in the mix.

“I’m confident in my work ethic,” Sills said. “I can compete with anybody; it doesn’t matter what their age is. Once you get to college, everybody is kind of looked at the same, no matter what year you are. I’m willing to compete with any quarterback.”