USC Football Recruiting: Should Trojans Take 2 Quarterbacks in 2015 Class?

Rick McMahanSenior Writer IApril 29, 2014

David Sills
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OK, for the sake of full disclosure I should probably tell you that I am a big David Sills fan and I would love to see him come west and don the Cardinal and Gold.

Sills, the 6'3", 205-pound quarterback from Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Maryland), famously committed to the Trojans as an eighth-grader, and he remains committed to them as of this writing.

And make no mistake about it, the kid is talented. Talented enough to have offers from the likes of Clemson, Michigan and Maryland, just to name a few.

A longtime student of quarterback guru Steve Clarkson, Sills has been well tutored in the nuances of quarterbacking, and he appears ready to make a splash at the next level.

Cody Kessler
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All of which sounds great and certainly makes young David a worthy recipient of a Trojan scholarship, right?

Maybe not.

USC has three quarterbacks on the 2014 roster and a top-10 signal-caller—Ricky Town—who has already given the Trojans his pledge in the 2015 class.

Of course, anything can happen, and that includes injury, poor grades or hurt feelings resulting in a transfer that might render four quarterbacks in 2015 insufficient.

But what won't occur is graduation forcing one of the gunslingers off of the roster after this season is completed.

Likely starting quarterback Cody Kessler is a redshirt junior this year, and while many—including myself—believe he will have a big year in 2014, it is doubtful that he will leave early for the NFL.

What about mega recruit Max Browne, a player that most people believe will eventually wind up starting for the Trojans but whose feelings may have been bruised when he couldn't beat out Kessler for the starting gig in the spring? Could he leave early?

Well, if you believe Browne himself, that won't happen, according to Jack Jorgensen at

Meanwhile, Jalen Greene—a dual-threat quarterback who enrolled early and participated in spring practice—doesn't look to be going anywhere after impressing the staff in his first camp.

Assuming Ricky Town honors his verbal commitment, that would give the Trojans four quarterbacks for the 2015 season, and the question is, should USC carry five QBs on the roster that season?

This may wind up being a moot point if David Sills takes a look at that roster and decides that pastures may be greener elsewhere.

But given the fact that he hasn't decommitted yet and, if anything, seems more solid to the Trojans than any time since Lane Kiffin was fired, it brings up an interesting conundrum.

Can a team coming off of three years of sanctions which cost them 30 scholarships in that time period afford to carry five quarterbacks when there are other depth issues that must be addressed?

It's a question with no easy answer, and unless you have a crystal ball to tell the future, there is no correct answer to be offered in 2014.

2015? That is a whole other question…


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