Steve Clarkson called USC coach Lane Kiffin recently.
“You’re laying down on the job,” said the quarterback guru who is a subject in Friday’s column about David Sills.
Clarkson had just found out that Florida coach Urban Meyer had faxed an offer to Santa Ana, Calif. Mater Dei quarterback Matt Wittek, the next big thing out of Southern California. The teasing, Clarkson knew, would get Kiffin’s attention.
“I asked him an opinion,” Clarkson said. “I wanted to make sure I wasn’t biased.”
Clarkson directed the Trojans’ coach to YouTube to see film of Sills, the 13-year-old who committed to USC on Thursday.
After watching the video, Clarkson recalls Kiffin saying, “What would he think if I offered him a scholarship right now? I want him to know this is a valid offer.”
Even Kiffin didn’t know that Sills, of Bear, Delaware, had been a lifelong USC fan. Clarkson described the kid as being “overcome”. Kiffin invited Sills out for USC camps in the future.
Then the media machine (me included) went wild.