The decision of JT Daniels to enter the transfer portal reminded me of a story from the USC recruiting dinner in 2018.
Clay Helton told a USC donor that Daniels was the best QB prospect he had ever seen at his age.
Since Helton played quarterback in college and coached the positon since 2007, he must know something, right? Helton later said it was his years of coaching quarterbacks that convinced him Daniels should start the week after Jack Sears passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut vs. Arizona State.
Well, Helton was wrong, wrong, wrong.
Helton made a deal to start Daniels when Daniels was at Mater Dei and then destroyed his credibility by unnecessarily pumping up the prospect to fans and saying his coaching experience led him to start Daniels.
Whatever he saw, it did not materialize at USC.
- I hear Washington, Michigan and Michigan State are three schools to keep an eye on with Daniels. Some have mentioned LSU but I don’t think the Tigers will be interested.
- Around 1,500 solar modules have been placed on the roof of the Galen Center this spring and will provide about 15 percent of the arena’s electricity.
Now, it’s time for “I still can’t believe” . . .
- I still can’t believe Clay Helton and Andy Enfield have not taken pay cuts.
- I still can’t believe the over/under for USC regular-season wins is only eight games.
- I still can’t believe Helton is making videos from home that rekindle the anger of USC fans.
- And now for some history:
- When you see a current coach at USC bragging on twitter about getting a commitment, tell them to get back to you when they can produce this array of national title rings from 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1974. Plus a Rose Bowl ring thrown in too.
- The decline of the junior-college football player at USC is sad when you consider the contributions over the years. One reason is how hard USC admissions makes it to get a JC transfer to school.
In 1976, USC had two all-conference linebackers: Rod Martin (L.A. City College) and David Lewis (San Diego City College). Both were JC transfers.
That team also had three players from East L.A. College (tailback Lynn Cain, QB Walt Ransom, LB Ed Gutierrez). There were also future NFL players; wide receiver Calvin Sweeney (Riverside City College) and cornerback Larry Braziel (Compton College).
You might not remember Gutierrez but he intercepted two passes that season. That’s better than most USC cornerbacks these days.
Braziel played in the NFL from 1979-85 while Sweeney played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1979-87.
Do you remember Mark Wulfemeyer?
He averaged 36.5 points per game at Troy High School in Fullerton in 1974, when he was named Southern Section 4-A player of the year. He scored 2,608 points in his career, which was third-best in Southern Section history. He scored 50 points in a Southern Section championship game.
Troy games had to be moved to Cal State Fullerton because crowds would line up at 4 p.m. for an 8 p.m. game.
He came to USC and played two seasons from 1975-77, averaging 5.4 points and 2.1 assists. Wulfemeyer was also a good pitcher and signed with the Angels out of high school but was sidelined with arm problems. He left USC and finished his career at an NAIA school.