David Sills committed to USC when he was in seventh grade, and before then-head coach Lane Kiffin had even coached a game for the Trojans. Now, four years later, with five-star quarterback Ricky Town in tow since January, it looks like the commitment is in its last days.
According to Gerard Martinez of Scout/FOX Sports Next, a de-commitment of Sills may come “soon”, with West Virginia being his new leader.
The development of the Steve Clarkson prodigy has had its bumps in the road, not helped by the fact that Eastern Christian Academy(Elkton, Md.) has faced a series of political battles that have limited their number of games played. In 2012, ECA had three USC commits on their roster –Sills, Kenny Bigelow and Khaliel Rodgers– but played just three games.
Last year, despite playing with more regularity, the progression of Sills continued to be questioned and he wasn’t highly ranked as a high school junior.
In September of 2013, Scout’s Brandon Huffman spoke to Sports On Earth’s Tim Casey about the Sills slide:
It’s a surprise [Sills isn't ranked] because of how much hype he got three years ago. But on the same hand, from people that have seen him, it’s not that big of a surprise because he just hasn’t progressed like you would expect him to given the caliber of recruit he was considered as a seventh grader. I don’t know how to say this nicely, but it’s almost like he’s out of sight, out of mind.
Sills’s looming de-commitment won’t be a catastrophic blow for the Trojans like Jalen Ramsey’s was last January.
But given the hype, publicity and criticism that Lane Kiffin received for offering a 13-year-old quarterback, it’s a de-commitment that puts one more black bow on the failed promises of the Kiffin era.