USC’s recruiting class is ranked in the 20’s but Clay Helton does not seem to be doing much to repair his image.
Here is what defensive lineman Datona Jackson told the Palm Springs Desert Sun about Helton revoking his scholarship offer:
“Jackson said that it was USC head coach Clay Helton who called him to tell him that they were offering a scholarship to another player and were therefore revoking the offer to him. He cited Jackson’s trip to meet with coaches at Oregon last Friday, after committing to USC, as the reason.
“But that left the 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman and COD coaches a bit puzzled, because they insist that Helton knew about the trip and was fine with it — as long as he ultimately signed with the Trojans on Signing Day. Jackson took the trip to Oregon and was open with the coaches there that he was committed to USC.”
Mr. Faith, Family and Football showing a lot of integrity here.
Worse, though, was Helton still being in denial regarding the lack of discipline within the program. Asked about changing the culture, Helton said, there will be “accountability to do the right thing on the field over and over again.”
On the field?
There are big problems off the field. A player refused to play in the Notre Dame game. Players directed profanity at a staff member on the sideline during the Utah game. A player told a coach he would beat him up during the UCLA game. There is little discipline, which carries into off-the-field workouts and practices.
And Helton talks about doing the right thing on the field. Amazing.