I challenge anyone who has looked at the highlight tape of USC’s latest commit, pro-style QB Kedon Slovis (6-3, 195) from Scottsdale Desert Mountain, Ariz, to dispute his USC offer.
All this sturm and drang about his lowly recruiting site 3-star status completely misses the point that this kid can obviously throw the ball exceptionally well. It doesn’t even take a scout to see that he’s very adept at operating an advanced prep offense.
And if you don’t believe me, just ask Kurt Warner, the Cinderella story NFL MVP, Hall of Famer who knows a little about judging talent as well as coaching QBs. He’s coaching and coordinating Slovis now at this emerging Arizona program.
“He’s got all the skills if you’re looking for a drop-back quarterback,” says Warner. “I’ll put him up against anybody in the state in terms of understanding the game, throwing on time, and then being able to make every throw on a football field. He’s got a chance to be really good.”
Or if you’re a numbers guy: 251/392/2,987 yds/32 TDs/5 picks in Slovis’ first year as a starter.
Slovis never received his initial offer until March 29, but he has really started to catch fire since, especially in May. Before committing to USC (a childhood favorite) yesterday, Slovis had rides from Hawaii, New Mexico State, North Carolina State, Oregon State, San Jose State, SMU, UC Davis, Northern Arizona, UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State and Vanderbilt.
Why Slovis didn’t have many others, and from more highly-regarded programs is a mystery to me based on what I have seen. I believe it’s obvious the dam was about to break for Slovis and USC got smart in the nick of time on this inexperienced young talent.
When I checked out Slovis, who like others in this class, committed to USC as soon as he was offered, this is what I saw:
- Absolutely superior long ball touch 2. Rolls well in both directions 3. Throws excellent on the run 4. Smooth, quick release 5. Mobile in the pocket 6. Feels pressure nicely 7. Average arm strength 8. Buys himself extra time to throw 9. Adequate runner 10. Finds the open receiver
Slovis definitely gives USC a nice option to develop while JT Daniels, at least presumably, rules the pocket for the Trojans though 2020. Everyone seems to think that Daniels will beat out both Matt Fink and Jack Sears at some point during the 2018 season. Regardless of what happens there, or when, Slovis was an exceptional pick-up for USC on Saturday.
You just can’t have enough have enough good signal callers on your roster. You never can tell when one will go down to injury, or decide to find greener pastures elsewhere.