I realized this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened, but come on, this is ridiculous.
David Sills is a 13-year-old kid, and I do emphasize the word kid, who just gave a verbal commitment to USC despite the fact he can’t make it official for 5 more years. There are so many things wrong with this whole situation I hardly know where to begin. So let’s start with USC.
It doesn’t surprise me that Lane Kiffin would do something like this. He himself is a young, pompous, jackass who thinks everyone should worship him, so he probably see’s a little of himself in Sills. On the football side of things, this is a terrible move for USC. Now when Sills gets there in the fall of 2015 everyone is going to expect him to be a superstar from day one. Anyone think that has any chance of happening? One of the things people who were responsible for getting him recruited are saying is that “he’s already 6 feet at 13.” Ya know what that means? HE DEVELOPED EARLY AND WILL STOP DEVELOPING SOONER!! He’s not going to keep growing forever. It is a well known fact to most people that when one child is more developed than another, the more developed one is going to be more impressive athletically. When everyone else catches up and eventually passes Sills, where is he going to be then? Seriously, watch the video again. Look at the defenders. They are terrible, he is throwing against terrible competition. Some of the defensive lineman in the video look like they are the size of mini me and his lineman are normal sized kids. His receivers are routinely 3-4 steps faster than anyone attempting to cover them. It is ridiculous, how can you recruit someone based on a freaking YouTube Highlight video? USC, epic fail.
Daddy Sills…WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? Here is a quote from an ESPN article from the father defending his position. “It’s very difficult as a father to say my son shouldn’t be getting recruited at 13.” How? How is that difficult to say? He’s a freaking KID! He should not be recruited when he’s still 3 years away from being able to drive. There is no reason you should have let your son be recruited and you shouldn’t have pushed him to be in a position to be recruited. He’s a kid, let him play for the fun of the game. If he’s as good as everyone thinks he is, then when he’s a junior and senior in high school he’ll get recruited and he could have easily went to USC all the same. But no, you are trying to live your life through your son, so you want him to be recruited and be the best QB in the history of the world so you push him and don’t let him be a freaking kid. You made friends with a guy who sent Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley to USC. Why would you do that if you weren’t looking to get your kid to play football there? Here’s another quote from daddy, “For the people that don’t like kids getting recruited early, if it was their kid, what would they do? Would they hold them back?” IT’S NOT HOLDING THEM BACK TO NOT LET THEM GET RECRUITED AT AGE 13!!!!!!! IT’S CALLED BEING NORMAL!!!!!!!! Matt Barkley wasn’t giving verbal commitments at 13, was he held back? Tom Brady wasn’t giving verbal commitments at age 13, was he held back? Peyton Manning wasn’t giving verbal commitments at age 13, was he held back? In fact, at age 13 Peyton probably would have still been considered a lock to go to Ole Miss. It’s not like giving his verbal commitment to USC allows him go start going to USC right now and playing for them. He still has to finish Middle School and then High School. So even if he hadn’t given a verbal commitment, he’d still be in the same place for the next 5 years. So answer me this, how did allowing him to give a verbal commitment help from keeping him from being held back? Another one from the genius that is daddy Sills, “People talk about pressure and expectations but that’s not who David is. He doesn’t feel a lot of pressure.” He didn’t feel pressure because he hadn’t given a verbal commitment to a big time college yet. He was still playing the game for fun. Now he’s got added pressure to be the greatest QB in the history of the world to justify giving a verbal commitment at age 13. And who put that pressure on him? That would be you daddy Sills. I can’t talk anymore and daddy Sills, it’s too enraging.
Steve Clarkson, how much is USC paying you to prey on the young and weak minded? There is a difference between helping a young person for their own benefit and preying on a young person for your own benefit. If you want to work with Sills for a few years and get him ready for the rigors of college football, that’s fine. But for you to befriend the kid and the family just to send him off to your friends at USC, that’s just cold.