Upsets happen in the world of recruiting, even to programs like USC.
But you've gotta pick your battles. Getting Max Wittek to go anywhere but USC is not a battle worth sticking your neck out for.
The Trojans took Matt Barkley, Wittek's predecessor at Mater Dei, in 2009's recruiting class, so the pipeline has been established.
The depth chart favors a redshirt, some backup playing time and then a competition with Jesse Scroggins for the top job.
And when the Trojans offered, it just seemed like a switch clicked on in Wittek's recruitment. Check out these comments from Bruce Rollinson, Wittek's coach, shortly after the offer was extended:
"What I sense from [Max] is that it's one more piece to the puzzle. It was a piece he was hoping for, but they put their cards on the table and they're now a player. I'm sure he'll have them (USC) highly rated.
"We'll have a lengthy discussion about his visits and see if he wants to commit in April, or wait through spring practice so the coaches can come out and take a look at him. But I'm not going to rush his decision, so we'll probably take it on a month-by-month basis. If he wants to wait (until during or after the season), he'll wait."
I'm taking Rollinson's belief that Wittek is considering committing soon as a sign that the Trojans are his hoped-for destination and that all others are just really nice runners-up.
Still, the Trojans' offer was only a "piece of the puzzle." The other missing piece, in my opinion, is probably an offer to Victor Blackwell, which the Trojans have yet to make.
If the Trojans want Wittek badly enough, they'll offer Blackwell even if he isn't their top WR prospect just to get Wittek on board. If Kiffin doesn't pull the trigger, it will be because they've cooled on Wittek, not the other way around.
If that happens, all bets are off.