Posted by Bryan Fischer
It’s now safe to say that Lane Kiffin is no longer the only head coach to offer a scholarship to a recruit without a learner’s permit.
While many coaches are just beginning to turn their attention to the class 2012, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik extended an offer to class of 2015 quarterback David Sills, his quarterback coach Steve Clarkson told the Los Angeles Times.
Sills famously committed to USC after being verbally offered a scholarship by Kiffin while still in middle school last February. The then 13-year-old Sills had not even played a varsity football game at the time of the offer.
Sills is the latest in a long line of quarterbacks tutored by Clarkson, who lists Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Montana and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart among his pupils.
In response to Sills' early scholarship offer, a new NCAA rule was proposed last year that would prohibit verbal scholarships offers before July 1st of a recruit’s junior year. The proposal was defeated at the recent NCAA convention in San Antonio. A student-athlete may receive a written offer after August 1st of their senior season.
The 6-foot-1, 160 pound Sills led the Red Lion Christian Academy (Del.) varsity to a 6-3 record last season as an 8th grader.
Auburn also extended an offer to teammate Kenny Bigelow in late January, a sophomore defensive lineman.
Update: Sills' father tells the Times that the Tigers did not extend an offer. Clarkson maintained that Auburn has extended a scholarship offer to a different Times reporter.