Now that Signing Day has past, a USC coach told me how the Trojans offered offensive lineman Hunter Hill a scholarship because he was a high school teammate of wide receiver Puka Nacua.
That is not unusual but the problem was Nacua decided to stretch his decision and did not choose a school on Signing Day. That meant Hill could have signed with USC on Wednesday even though Nacua eventually picked Washington. Instead, Hill signed with Utah State.
Maybe Hill — and USC — knew Nacua had dropped USC by Signing Day but there was still a chance Hill could have decided he would go to USC anyways.
“We had a real need for offensive linemen so it wasn’t that risky at the end of the day,” the USC coach said.
That is also true. But this all illustrates how messed up USC’s recruiting class was this year. Even package deals fell through and even a lineman who had Utah State as his No. 1 choice did not come to USC.