Markowitz hoped to receive an NCAA waiver because of early-career injuries, but was informed by Kiffin that USC would not have a scholarship available in 2013. Markowitz expressed a desire to return to USC as a walk-on player, but discovered this week that because of NCAA rules, he would only be eligible for a waiver as a scholarship athlete, which is unlikely unless Kiffin changes his mind.
Marqise Lee got back to the USC campus from a midweek trip to Disney World just as the final few Trojans were walking off the practice field Friday morning. The first person he saw was coach Lane Kiffin, who immediately cracked a joke that Lee was too big a star to attend practice now. Lee, wearing sweatpants and a white V-neck — in stark contrast to the suit he sported on ESPN some 18 hours earlier — gave Kiffin a military-style salute and laughed it off.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has taken California recruiting seriously. Otherwise, he wouldn’t spend time at Mission Viejo to recruit Max Redfield, who recently was dropped by Oregon because the five-star safety said the Ducks’ coaches were convinced he was going to sign with the Irish. Notre Dame figures to be Redfield’s leader, but he plans to take an official to USC this weekend. USC commit Eddie Vanderdoes was visited by Notre Dame coaches, and he’s looking at an official visit to South Bend. Four-star wide receiver Sebastian LaRue, another USC pledge, wants to visit Notre Dame, too.
The Heisman finalists — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein — also were there. “All three are amazing; all three are leaders,” Lee said. “Whoever wins, it’s well deserved.” Then the All-American understatedly vowed to make a run at college football’s most prestigious award next year. “I’m not going to really focus on the trophy, but I’m going to make sure I compete and do the things I need to do in order to just get back up there,” he said. “It was good just to be mentioned in that conversation.”