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This is a great question and one that is not only a reflection of the USC situation, but also a warning in general about all programs who choose to extend offers to 12- or 13-year-old prospects. Here’s the problem: There are very few, if any, no-brainers at 17 years old, so imagine what a gamble a 13-year-old is, which was David Sills’ age was when he committed to USC after being offered by Lane Kiffin and Co.
No one has a crystal ball. At 13, you don’t know how much a prospect will grow, what his work ethic will be like and more. There are way too many unknowns to be able to make an accurate projection. Also, Sills is not the physical freak Da'Quan Bowers was when he was offered by Clemson in the eighth grade. This was my concern all along with Sills. While he has been well groomed, well coached and trained to be technically sound, he has always lacked ideal height and never been a wowed in terms of pure arm talent. So now the dilemma begins for USC and Kiffin, and it couldn’t come at a worse time considering the 2015 class of quarterbacks in California alone is very strong. The likes of Ricky Town, Josh Rosen, Kevin Dillman, Brady White and Kyle Kearns, among others, are going to force USC to make some tough decisions. Part of me feels Kiffin extended this offer in part just to create buzz and attention for the program -- and it did that -- but reality is now hitting. If there are other options out there, USC is going to have to decide if Sills is the best of those options and I feel we know the answer to that question.