Tee Martin’s future with USC football was not a factor in his son Amari Rodgers’ decision to de-commit from the Trojans, the recruit clarified Thursday.
The four-star wide receiver from Knoxville, Tennessee de-committed on Twitter Wednesday night, though he indicated that USC would remain in the running for his signature in 2017.
With speculation swirling that his change of heart might be related to Martin’s status with the Trojans, Rodgers returned to Twitter Thursday morning saying, “My decision had nothing to do with my dad’s future as a coach. It was my decision and is what I wanted to do.”
Martin, who is considered one of the top recruiters in the nation, is a hot commodity as a coach — one that USC would like to keep around. However, there has been anxiety that another school might swoop in and offer him an offensive coordinator title to tempt him away from the Trojans.
Considering his work with the likes of Marqise Lee, Nelson Agholor and JuJu Smith-Schuster, it is just a matter of time before someone gives him that chance.
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With USC’s decision to retain Clay Helton as the permanent head coach, it was assumed that Martin would remain in Los Angeles with the current staff. However, the timing of Rodgers de-commitment inevitably led to another assumption — that something had changed for father and son.
Though Rodgers’ clarification does not guarantee that Martin will stay at USC, it should ease the minds of some Trojan fans who considered it an ominous sign.
Rodgers, who is the No. 36 ranked receiver in the nation for 2017 according to the 247 Sports composite, recently received a scholarship offer from Clemson which may be the real cause of his uncertainty on the USC front.