USC Morning Buzz: No One Remembers Recruiting Blunders

When wide receiver DeAndre Moore of Los Alamitos decommitted from Oklahoma in January, the fanboys immediately projected Moore would head to USC.

But Moore, ESPN’s No. 17 overall recruit for the Class of 2023, committed to Louisville on Tuesday.

So where were the fanboys who beat the drums Moore would go to USC? Crickets.

This is part of the recruiting game. No one remembers when people are wrong so it pays to just say every recruit wants to go to whatever school you root for. In the West, it happens a lot with USC and Oregon.

And if you get called out (unlikely), you just move on to the next recruit. There’s always a next recruit.

67 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: No One Remembers Recruiting Blunders

  1. I thought this would be about Goners recruiting classes (the 0 or 1 star lineman etc). Of course, blunder would be too soft. They were failed classes due to incompetence and stupidity.

    Happy June 1st to all.

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  2. Hard hitting stuff there, Scotty. Is a Pulitzer in the cards? If you don’t get the call, you just move on to the next blog post. There’s always the next post.

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    1. Slow news day. But I agree he could have come up with something better. Maybe go back to So Cal restaurants. That is always a hit.

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  3. You can’t get everybody you want. However, Kids change their minds every 2 days. I don’t put much stock in anyones verbal. If he changes his mind by December Scott may have a little egg on his face for this post.

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  4. I agree with Charles——-no big deal losing Moore we have Branch, and Lemon coming in at wide receiver next season plus a few more. Moore, picked another school because USC is loaded at wide receiver, and he does not want to compete or share the ball with other star receivers. Recruits these days want to start in their 1st season I can’t blame Moore for choosing to go elsewhere, and neither should USC fans. The last time I looked only 11 guys can only start on both offense and defense why sit and wait at USC when another school offers you a guaranteed starting position.

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      1. That will bring a very successful season. I see how he is working his rebuilding of USC. He needs defensive players but they are not available this year so why not just plain old out score every opponent and build the defense for next season. Rome was not built in day, neither will Troy. Our defense is going to be vastly improved and far more motivated than under Orlando. Players now have to realize that along with the NIL money comes the coaches prerogative to cut them if they don’t perform.

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      2. Orlando was worse that Pendergast. Way worse. Can’t believe I am writing that. Almost like I had to write “Kamala is doing one heck of a good job. Best veep ever.”

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      3. And run for 200 yards per game, given that Riley has a more balanced attack with run/pass (50%/50%) than nearly any top program, including ‘Bama and Clemson.

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      4. I’m glad you reminded me of that —I think you’re right, 67 —and with that kind of yardage, if we’re even decent as a Red Zone offense (which we will be) it’s gonna be harder than hell to outscore us…..

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      5. Michael, as SteveG noted “it is hard to lose if you score 100 per game.”

        Hope the A/C is fixed. That was a grim story you described about the hotel front desk person and the music school.

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      6. So glad you saw that, 67. [I just decided I’m gonna buy that memorabilia from my old friend & promise to get it placed somewhere —he was with Benny Fucking Goodman! —those guys deserve to be remembered]!

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  5. Sometimes there just isn’t room for all the available talent. I do remember PC recruiting kids just to keep them from going to other Pac12 schools. He had so much talent and depth he could afford to blow a few scholarships.

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    1. steveg –Pete jokingly commented in 2006 about grabbing somebody to “keep him from going to UCLA”…
      #…SinceChipArrived,NotAPriorityAnymore

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    2. That is what Wooden did back in the day, stocking up on guys who could start most anywhere else and just have them sit on the bench. I remember the guys who backed up Abdul-Jabbar and Walton ended up starting in the NBA. Swen Nater, Steve Patterson come to mind.

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  6. There are a lot of Seahawk #12 Jerseys with the name Fan on them representing the 12th Man Concept they have embraced. If USC had names on Jerseys, wonder what number Wolfie thinks would be on a Trojan Jersey with the name Fanboy on it?

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      1. Richard Austen of Playa del Rey stated it well in his letter to the LA Times:

        An advisor was hired by the parents of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti “to help tell the truth” to support the nomination of their son to serve as the U.S. ambassador to India.

        If Garcetti had a strong resume of accomplishments during his tenure as mayor of Los Angles from 2013 until now, a national lobbying firm would not be needed. Garcetti’s nomination would have been just a routine appointment, the normal government payoff for supporting President Biden.

        But consider this: Garcetti, age 51 and with most of his adult life spent in government, still needs his parents’ help. He cannot stand on his accomplishments as mayor of Los Angeles.

        What an embarrassment to the residents of Los Angeles.

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  7. No concern about losing a WR when we desperately need linemen. I’ll say it again…we absolutely MUST get the Big Uglies up front. Skill positions alone can crush the likes of Rice and SJSU. However, when up against quality lines like ND we will get crushed. Who remembers Sam Darnold’s last game in the Cotton Bowl running for his life against Ohio State including a Pick-6? Yikes!

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    1. The line has changed, matured, experienced, and now very well coached under an offensive scheme that makes sense to everyone. Big difference from what Sam had to deal with, remember he had Toa at center.

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      1. I think people are gonna be pleasantly surprised with the o-line. The talent was always there. They just needed “a reason.” All teams need “a reason.” It’s provided by coaching ….
        #AndWeDidn’tHaveIt…
        #..That’sWhereUSC’sO-LineWentOffTheBeam

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      2. Don’t underestimate just how much the village idiot damaged the football team. I suspect it will be a night and day difference between this season and last.

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      3. Totally agree. [It’s different playing for a coach who, rather than being a National Joke, is considered a National Treasure].

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  8. Why is USC Pyscho so fing liberal.

    Idiot added Karen Bass to his name today.

    Seriously, she is a failed politician.
    She failed in Sacramento now in DC.

    What is wrong with these liberals.

    Do they not understand badic economics or are do they just want handouts?

    Caruao is my choice with or without Folt.

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    1. I don’t know how to describe this group. The term “liberal”, at least as it was used back in the day, is light years different from what we see now.

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      1. Robert Kennedy was a Liberal — a unifying force who believed in the Little Guy AND the Private Sector. [btw, I will always remember the words of the head of the Italian Communist Party after all the death he witnessed in WW2 — “Enough killing –from here on, sympathy for all classes and all parties”]….

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  9. I am exploring this concept of fanboy. Scott places it as if it were a bad thing. The definition reads like, “someone who obsesses over a particular pleasure giving experience.” Using the term fanboy could change the defense in robbery and sexual assault cases. “Your honor, my client couldn’t help himself, he’s a fanboy of money.”
    Anyway I cannot decide if Scott is espousing a lukewarm approach to USC football ( cue Frostbite Falls yeah) or hating on USC fans.
    Am I supposed to say, “Oh look dear, that young man seems to have escaped with the ball and is leading chasers towards the end of the field?”
    If I wear more than USC shirt a week during football season am I a fanboy? If I say who, when a high school kid some news service has rated highly, doesn’t pick USC from among 100+ choices, am I a fanboy?
    If I AM a fanboy, I would prefer to be called rabid fan, or homer or anything that’s not one letter removed from an ice cream sandwich.

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      1. If todays column is any indication, it’s going to be a long 60 days through the dog days of summer.

        It’ll give me time to do a deep dive looking for private sector accomplishments, if any, of our fearless leaders in Sacramento and D.C.

        I just read the economic program from D.C. to ‘fix’ the economy. Those people are clueless.

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      2. No –they’re not clueless, my friend…..
        #..TheyAreAWellOiledWreckingCrew…
        #…InsertedIntoOfficeToTransitionAmericaInto”TheNextPhase”
        #[WakeUp,Folks]

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  10. This is great stuff.

    EXCLUSIVE: #HunterBiden’s search history reveals his obsession with porn and sex fantasies including ’18 yrs old,’ ‘lonely widow’ and ‘MILF crack cocaine porn,’ he uploaded his OWN amateur videos and texted Pornhub link to phone listed in his contacts as ‘Dad’.
    https://mol.im/a/10846603

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    1. Well, the 10% cut the Big Guy got from his son’s influence peddling all over the world was the worst part, as it relates to Dementia Joe.

      The family’s corruption is second only to the Clinton’s. Coming in 3rd place, the Pelosis.

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      1. Sorry, MG. As mentioned before, I enjoy the ponies.

        Win, Place & Show are all that really matters. All the rest are “Also Ran”. 😛

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      2. NY AG James:” Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump have all been closely involved in the transactions in question, so we won’t tolerate their attempts to evade testifying in this investigation”

        Looks like your boi Durham just struck out. Three years of nothing. LAUGHING MY ASS OFF!!!!

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    2. That makes him a fanboy of those things, except for the drugs, I think some of it makes him a democrat (I could be wrong…about the drugs)

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    3. Marcus Aurelius would say “Hunter is not a moral man.” Joe and Jill’s lying and grifting has manifested itself in Hunter as shown in these images.

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      1. I’m holding out hope that —-among the thousands upon thousands of demeaning & degrading images — a nice photo of Joe in diapers pops up.

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      2. Read some of article … I wanted to post the one of Hunter in the diaper. He’s a sick, sick fuck like daddy and mommy.

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      3. Come to think of it…with Bruce and Marcellus on their way out….who’s gonna release the Gimp from bondage….guess he just starves to death…
        #Well,ShitHappens

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      1. …maybe when the “pussy” belongs to your niece…or your brother’s recently widowed wife….or prostitutes provided by foreign governments to help you compromise our country’s security….
        #…ForStarters….

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  11. When he de-committed, he was probably planning to go to USC. So there was reason to predict that. But now with all these superstar receivers that SC has, what receiver would want to go to SC and sit on the bench for a couple of years when you can go somewhere else and play right away?

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  12. Even Alabama misses on some prospects. In the era of NIL and transfer portal, it is the sum of all recruiting efforts that matters.

    USC just needs to win big this season and the floodgates will be open for the talent.

    I do think that part of USC’s problem in recruiting the o and d-line is that we dont have a collective handing out checks. Our NIL is real NIL, where the skill players that score touchdowns will get big checks for real NIL activities. Those deals just dont go to linemen because as important as they are for winning, they dont get the same exposure. In order to win the big uglies, USC might need to get down in the sewer with Texas A&M, Alabama, Tennessee and the other programs that buy athletes.

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    1. Ryan Abraham has talked about that. He said that USC just hasn’t yet completely set up their NIL program. I think the reason why so many schools(Texas A&M and most of the SEC) are ahead of SC at this point is because those schools have been cheating for years so they have had their NIL program set up for years(even though at that time it was illegal). And, of course, Oregon has always had uncle Phil. But Abraham said that USC will soon get their NIL program together.

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