Scroggins just one USC recruit on the fence

With USC quarterback Matt Barkley announcing that he intends to remain at USC despite the departures of head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, speculation has turned to how the coaching shakeup will affect the Trojans’ 2010 recruiting class and just who may be reconsidering other programs in light of the unsettled coaching situation.

One big name making headlines is Lakewood High (CA) quarterback Jesse Scroggins, who has imposed a Saturday morning deadline on the USC administration to find a successor for Carroll before he reopens his recruitment, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Some scouts have compared Scroggins to Jason Campbell (high praise, right?), and the Trojans have just Barkley and Mitch Mustain on scholarship at the quarterback position.

Scroggins is one of the country's top QB’s and an Under Armour All-American. Both Tennessee and Florida have reconnected since the Carroll news broke.

My question is whether or not the ‘SC brass — and administrations in similar coaching situations across the country — would actually speed up the coaching search and cater to a kid who made such a deadline and so boldly predicted a national championship in 2012.

I understand that recruiting is to the college game as the draft is to the NFL — without tough decision and savvy finds, your team is destined for mediocrity or much worse. But how will Scroggins’ deadline affect athletic director Mike Garrett? Did Garrett already decide that Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio is his guy? Would Scroggins decide to remain committed to a USC team led by Del Rio?

San Diego Mission Bay running back Dillon Baxter, who set a San Diego Section record with 2,974 rushing yards this season, was still undecided about USC but did attend a meeting on Monday in Los Angeles for incoming recruits.

Of course, nearly every major program around the country not named USC is loving the transition the Trojans are currently undertaking, with rival coaches salivating at the chance to snag recruits who may now be on the fence.

It certainly doesn’t help USC’s situation that Baxter reportedly was told by Carroll himself during a recent visit that he wasn’t leaving for the NFL.

One recruit who was immediately affected by Carroll’s departure is Proviso West (Ill.) wide receiver Kyle Prater, who was scheduled to enroll at USC on Monday but announced on Saturday that he was reevaluating his options back at home.

As always, the weeks leading up to national signing day will be very intriguing. Throw in the unstable situation in Los Angeles, and this year’s down-to-the-wire process should certainly be very interesting.

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