I have found it extremely odd that USC does not recruit some local products. Yesterday, I criticized USC for waiting so long it was the 37th school to offer four-star cornerback Clark Phillips of La Habra.
So I texted a Big 12 head coach and asked why USC is so late on prospects everyone else sees value in?
“No leadership,” was the quick response.
That is the perception nation-wide as schools like Florida, Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma have poached local recruits.
Now USC coaches told me Phillips did not have a strong performance at USC’s camp last summer. This is a fair reason to wait.
But . . . that is why you watch film of the actual season to see if 10-12 games with actual tackling are worth more than a couple days in T-shirts and shorts. If USC offered Phillips in November, December or January, I could maybe be more understanding. It did not.
Again, the recruiting director does not make the call on this. The defensive coordinator who hates to recruit should have made a decision on Phillips a lot quicker.