February 05, 2010

13-Year-Old Commits to USC: University of Southern California coach Lane Kiffin received a verbal commitment Thursday from 13-year old quarterback David Sills of Bear, Del. "His skill set is off the chart," said Steve Clarkson, who has been Sills' "personal coach" for three years and produced a video of his play. "I've never seen anyone at his age do what he's been able to do."

posted by rcade to football at 05:10 PM - 10 comments

Still, 2015 is a long time from now. A lot can change.

Yes. By then Kiffin will be managing the Yankees.

posted by cjets at 05:47 PM on February 05, 2010

Yes, cjets, and Kiffen wil have already been inducted into the college football hall of fame too...

posted by wildbill1 at 05:51 PM on February 05, 2010

Because that whole Todd Marinovich thing worked out so well . . .

posted by holden at 06:05 PM on February 05, 2010

Too bad the video was produced by Clarkson. A little more plain basic footage would have been great.

What got me about watching the kid's throws was how and where he was able to fit the ball into coverage schemes. He was dropping the ball into spots for his receivers like there was nothing to it. He already has the touch, vision and field sense to go with the live arm.

And the footwork looks like it's coming right along. He's already doing his reads and getting the ball out quickly, as though there is a top college front unit rushing the play.

I like Kiffin less and less with the passage of time and don't much care for the whole mega-stud signing day hoopla. But what Kiffin and his crew did in the past two weeks or so in terms of landing a highly ranked recruiting class on the fly is remarkable.

posted by beaverboard at 10:09 PM on February 05, 2010

This seems more like marketing for Clarkson than a real attempt to identify a LeBron-like prodigy in the NFL.

No matter how talented a 13-year-old is at throwing the football and other skills, he's entirely dependent on good genes making him big enough to be capable of playing the game in college.

Also, I love Fountains of Wayne, but that's way too emo for a football highlight reel. After hearing that song, I feel like we should all huddle up and share a good cry.

posted by rcade at 10:44 PM on February 05, 2010

I hear that Hustler magazine, inspired by KIffin, received a verbal commitment from two 12-year-old cheerleaders. Wait'll you see these girls in six years!

posted by afl-aba at 12:02 AM on February 06, 2010

To play Devil's Advocate on this one, it generates headlines and attention for USC, gets you in the Kid's head early, if it doesn't pan out, you aren't obligated to give the kid a scholly in 2015-you can always withdraw it, or say it wasn't official. Provided, of course, he's still in Los Angeles at the time. As far as Kiffen is concerned, it's a win-win situation.

posted by Bonkers at 01:20 AM on February 06, 2010

I'm starting to think Lane Kiffin is a gift from God. When USC gets dinged for sending out coeds to junior high players, my day will be made.

posted by yerfatma at 08:50 AM on February 06, 2010

Has society lost it's mind, or is Kiffin in need of being committed. He posses a threat to himself as well as to society.

To think you offer a scholarship (which of course is non-binding) just goes to prove what a dumb-ass he really is. Makes Al Davis not look so stupid after all.

Geez, what a complete moron. The only thing that saves his ass is his daddy came along to coach a defense that is capable of keeping them close in games.

posted by Mickster at 07:44 PM on February 06, 2010

Sounds like the football version of Toddlers and Tiaras.

posted by irunfromclones at 01:12 AM on February 08, 2010

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