If you are a Trojan fan, can we please have a little chat about the future of this football team?
I am so sick of hearing the words ‘rebuilding,’ ‘sanctions,’ ‘hardship,’ and ‘drama.’ The one time the Trojans, particularly Lane Kiffin, had the chance to escape the depths of football crap….he didn’t…well, kinda sorta not really.
National signing day was a couple of weeks ago and the Trojans failed to sign the usual ‘A’ winning class like they have had the last 5 years. I guess it comes down to the good ol’ debate, ‘Quality vs. Quantity.’ According to Scout.com, USC attained 4-5 star recruits, which is pretty sweet but only a measly 12. The typical number of a college football recruiting class is 25. Now that is a hit to the ego.
Remember those pesky NCAA sanctions they have to deal with 4 years ago? Yea they are still paying for it and will be for what seems like an endless amount of time. This is the last year the Trojans face scholarship restrictions, taking away 10 scholarships per season, which seems like nothing but has been harming the team since day 1. That number alone makes up a solid Defensive and Offensive line, which the team desperately needs.
USC’s 2013 group of recruits are better than most classes out there, but it’s the high expectations that will forever plague any player that walks through Heritage Hall. The Trojans managed to snag a couple of solid defensive players, running back and an All-American Quarterback from Washington.T
Ty Issac, RB, 6’2 215 pounds out of Illinois has great hands and speed which is perfect for SC seeing how the team will be saying goodbye to Robert Woods and Curtis McNeal. You can never have enough offense.
Defensive player Kenny Bigelow, 6’3 297 out of Maryland pounds is so versatile that in high school he played linebacker, defensive tackle, defensive end and even tight end. Ridiculous. No wonder he is a 5 star recruit. Sounds like this kid’s quick change of direction and speed are his winning assets, forcing double teams and breaking runs. This is guy is seriously going to get some playing time and secure a starting spot.
Steven Mitchell, WR 5’10 from Mission Hills, CA is not as tall as anyone would hope, but boy does he make up for it in speed. Speedy Gonzalez speed! This four star recruit has great hands, quick feet, runs solid routes and can change direction in a flash. If given a chance, I think USC can have another play maker in their hands.
Su’a Cravens. S out of the middle of nowhere California. But fun name right? Apparently this athlete is a genius, scoring a very high football IQ. Dangerous in the pass coverage, Cravens, his instincts are what really separates him from the rest. It is instincts that make a defensive player indispensable and reliable, a play maker who knows what they are doing. Now isn’t that a thought.
Max Browne. QB from Washington (take that Steve Sarkisian!) is considered by many the top quarterback in this 2013 class. This 5 star recruit is everything you want in an élite quarterback. Lucky for him, this spring is going to be an open quarterback competition at USC, giving him the chance to beat at Wittek and start as a true freshman, just like Barkley. From his arm strength to his accuracy, Browne appears to be the complete package. Does this kid have a downfall? Who the mofo knows until you put him in those high pressure situations. It won’t be easy for Browne to start competing with so-so Wittek and Cody Kessler, who has yet to get any play time. But the pressure to win and for USC to get out of their ‘let’s fire’ Kiffin temper tantrum, Maxie Browne has a good shot.
For the love of GOD, I pray that this recruiting class live up to all expectations. But sadly, lately USC football always has a way of royally screwing up and frankly, it’s not entirely their fault. It would so easy to place all the blame on Lane Kiffin, so why stop now. For now (and who knows how long that will last) the problem is Lane Kiffin. Last year he proved that despite the harsh sanctions, he can effectively formulate and coach a winning team. They beat the Oregon Ducks for pete sake.
This year proved to show Kiffin’s unfortunate true colors. All of the childish mishaps and immature stints from deflating footballs, changing jerseys, even to Kiffin’s ridiculous play calling….all have accumulated to make a disaster. So much of a disaster that this season will go down in the books. A #1 ranked team that falls into the depths of college football hell, next to the boys on the 1986 SMU team.
I really don’t want to keep giving Kiffin the benefit of the doubt, but this 2013 season is the last straw. Even if Kiffin wasn’t the coach, USC is a school known to always produce a decent recruiting class because what 18-year-old boy wouldn’t want to come to LA, live the sweet West Coast life and play on national TV. Exactly.
Wouldn’t it be nice to actually check out the recruits and see the new boys in actions? Yea, no. Nobody can because Kiffin has ended open practices , which now remain closed to everybody. This is another failure on Kiffin’s part.
It’s hard to keep a happy face when Kiffin doesn’t. Maybe he should try and smile once in a while, show a little emotion and enthusiasm when talking about his team or when on the field calling idiotic plays. When Kiffin changes, the team will change. Here is to a better, and FUN, 2013.
Hey Kiffin! Fight On with a Smile 🙂