Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Window gets foggy for USC pledge Sills
By Blair Angulo
There might not be a recruit that could be more affected by the firing of Lane Kiffin than USC quarterback commit David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy), whom Kiffin famously offered when he was only 13.
David Sills, now a high school junior, committed to the Trojans when he was in seventh grade. But that was to former coach Lane Kiffin.
The Trojans picked up a resounding commitment from Sills nearly four years ago, but that might turn hazy depending on what happens with the coaching situation. USC, for one, had already started to set its sights elsewhere in the 2015 class, extending offers to No. 1-rated Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and No. 2-rated Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure).
Sills, meanwhile, has garnered interest from various ACC programs, as well as Georgia and Tennessee. The 6-foot-3, 177-pound prospect intends to attend the Clemson-Florida State game in South Carolina on Oct. 19.
“We have a very good relationship with coach Ed Orgeron, so if he’s in place, that makes a big difference,” Eastern Christian Academy coach Dwayne Thomas said. “I’m a coach, so I want to find the best situation for each of these kids. David is committed to USC, but if coach O and others are gone, my job is to find the best situation for him.”
The preference, obviously, is for Orgeron to remain on staff in some capacity.
“If coach O goes 6-2 in these last eight games to finish with a 9-4 record, and he gets them into a nice bowl game, it would be hard for Pat Haden not to give him a serious look,” Thomas said. “The kids love the guy. Kids everywhere love him. If he wins, it would be hard to compete against that. I’ve known coach O since 1995. I’ve sent kids there, most recently Kenny (Bigelow) and Khaliel (Rodgers), but obviously it would have to be the right situation.”
Sills has passed for about 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, and ran for six scores in six games, Thomas said.
“He’s the fastest guy on my team,” the longtime coach said. “He has a 38-inch vertical and is a tremendous athlete. People think of him as a pocket passer, but he’s more of a Colin Kaepernick than a Peyton Manning. He can play football, I’ll tell you that much. It will be interesting to see how his recruitment plays out, though. Tennessee called me on Friday and coach Mark Richt asked about him, too. The kid likes Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee. We’ll see what happens.”