So much for all the excitement around getting commitment from a quality OL. It now sounds like the Stevens commit to Dorrell's program is looking very shaky. From Superprep:
"I’ve been talking to USC for a while now," he said. "They actually came out and watched me before UCLA. They’ve been letting me know that they want to take a better look at me, and I’m fine with that. I want to prove that I can play there I am going to head to the Rising Stars Camp this weekend and dominate."
Stevens will have a lot riding on the line during his upcoming camp experience at USC, as he will try to go out and earn a scholarship offer from the Trojans after it is all said and done.
"I’m going to show them (the USC coaches) that I can play football at that level," Stevens said. "I’m going to go out there and kick butt, I’m just going to play football. The coaches at USC invited me to the camp, and they have been telling me that I’m on the bubble, telling me that I’m also high on their list. They (the USC coaches) told me to just go out there and dominate, be a beast."
Stevens will undoubtedly have his chance to prove himself this weekend, but how will the UCLA commitment react if the Trojans were to offer a scholarship following an impressive outing?
"I mean, that’s a really big offer," he answered. "I wouldn’t just hop on it right away, but I would definitely have to give them a look. I’m committed to UCLA and I respect them, so I am not going to hop on USC. I need to see what is out there for me, I need to see what will benefit me the most in the end. If it’s USC, then its USC."
This is just a classic example of why following football recruiting is not all that fun. Because no matter how good it looks on paper right now with early commits (highlighted by defensive recruits), the bottom line is the picture is unstably given the uncertainty with our coaching staff. Everyone and their mother knows that Dorrell and his staff is going to be under incredible pressure to produce a Pac-10 championship. If he fails to deliver then all of this recruiting momentum is going to fall apart like house of cards. And this time Dorrell will probably not have anyone left to scape goat.
On the other side of recruiting spectrum, its a whole lot of fun when the program is led by a great coach. Case in point Ben Howland's recruitment of Jrue Holiday. People are starting to feel so good about Holiday being a Bruin, that some are already slipping up and calling him a commit. The Oregonian's Scott Anderson penned a report on a summer highschool tournament in Portland and jumped the gun on Jrue: