Remember a couple years ago when USC signed six offensive linemen?
A source tells me that at the time Clay Helton said that only three would ever end up playing at USC.
A 50 percent success rate? Sounds about right for Helton.
Actually, it’s not entirely unreasonable to “figure” that only 50 percent of offensive linemen will pan out but it’s a little different when you are certain that will happen. But that’s because USC’s recruited some linemen in recent years that weren’t rated as high as you would expect for a program the size of USC and it was obvious they won’t play.
So it’s not case of someone not reaching their potential, which is an inherent risk of recruiting. Instead, it is players who didn’t really have the expected skills to begin with, so you already know in advance.