About two weeks ago, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote an interesting article about USC recruiting.
The thing that caught my eye was how USC coaches told Dodd only Clay Helton knew Korey Foreman had committed in mid-December because Foreman wanted to keep it a secret until his official announcement on Jan. 2.
Dodd even wrote that super-recruiter Donte Williams “was climbing the walls” waiting to find out Foreman’s decision. Dodd also said defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and defensive line coach Vic So’oto did not know either.
This means Foreman signed his letter of intent in mid-December without the knowledge of the USC coaching staff other than Helton and some support staff? And it was not divulged inside the McKay Center for the next 16 days?
I find this utterly unbelievable.
First off, everyone knew in the recruiting world knew Foreman was going to USC but didn’t want to say it because it might spoil his announcement. So Williams and Co. didn’t really need to ask because they already knew too. Williams was also the USC coach closest to Foreman, which makes it even less plausible.
Check my blog on Dec. 16. I wrote USC fans would be “ecstatic” about Foreman’s decision. I texted a USC coach, who told me Foreman committed/signed with the Trojans. So I knew but Williams, Orlando and So’oto did not? Yeah, right!
None of them knew the No. 3-ranked recruit in the nation signed with USC? C’mon.
So what’s the end game with this nonsense?
I’m guessing it’s all about indulging a recruit who did not want them to know and they are now perpetuating the story during interviews. They want Foreman (and future recruits) to know they will play whatever games are necessary for a signature on a letter of intent.
That’s fine but we’re not falling for it.