Joe McKnight, highly recruited from John Curtis High School in the New Orleans Area, was a great catch for USC. Many in Louisiana felt that J.T. Curtis, Jr. sold out LSU to encourage his top player to sign with Pete Carroll's USC Trojans. Undoubtedly, the loss of McKnight to a PAC 10 team hurt LSU's signing class that year, and LSU would have fielded a power house of backs with McKnight to lead the flock. But it was never meant to be.
So why did McKnight sign with USC? Recently he's been seen out in an SUV from a USC benefactor. Reportedly, his girlfriend owns the SUV. Are these some of the possible benefits for signing and playing at USC?
Well, who knows, I suspect that McKnight does, but who else? I hope that the NCAA will look into this and smoke out who knew and find out who else might be on the sugar daddy list at USC.
What is really crucial here is, punishment. There have been 2 incidents now involving marketers providing gifts to players at USC to gain favor. When will the NCAA take action to stop USC from unfairly recruiting out-of-state players with offers outside the athletic scholarship department?