USC Trojans This & That — 7/6

Trojan late addition/3-star juco CB Jaylen Watson (6-2, 195), who didn’t commit until near the end of Jan before signing in Feb  —  and was part of the Greg Burns late-scramble effort,  announced yesterday that he will redshirt and be a Dec 2019 Ventura JC grad, no longer plans to enroll at USC, and is re-opening up his recruitment. Texas Tech, Boise State, Toledo and UTEP were Watson’s other faves when he originally chose USC.

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Trojan96
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I think this is the best plan for this young man. He only has 2 years to play ball (plus a redshirt year). The CB field is very full with Steele coming. Good Luck Jaylen, I hope you have a successful college career.

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First, I think the story is legitimate. I think the young man is an academic causality. This is a huge warning sign – if a kid has academic issues, SC is probably not the best choice (for either the kid or SC). Second, I think it is a blessing in disguise. In essence, this is a scholarship swap – Chris Steele for this Jaylon Watson. My guess (only time will tell) that is a very good “trade” for SC.

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Jaylen had announced it on Twitter and said that his recruitment was open, now if it gives Steele the scholarship then what a blessing for them get.

Now usc just needs to submit the request to have him immediately eligible. Usc could always use the depth and experience at DB but with their late additions it won’t be as bad as spring ball.

Too many things are looking up for usc football just makes weary what’s looming Lol

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If this young man wants to be a Trojan, he will get his grades in order (if this is the issue) and come back next year. If not, there are other schools who have a welcome mat for just about anyone if you are a gifted athlete.

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Jamaica, the young man will want immediate playing time. Absent a major injury bug, that is simply not going to happen given the arrival of Chris Steele. And, if he is academically weak, SC is probably not the best fit for him. A lesser academic school is probably a much better fit for him (and, to be honest, SC, given all the time that would have to expended to keep him eligible).

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When I first saw this story it mentioned he was academically ineligible. I haven’t seen that detail since. I think they are trying to paint the loss of this player as a defection. Still I believe this guy was the real deal and will be missed. I am reminded of the elite status some kids get in high school. Teachers “help” them along because their athletic skill could be their ticket for gold. But they are actually doing more harm teaching them that education isn’t as important as it really is. I had the pleasure of working summer school at… Read more »

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Totally agree. I have no idea what the academic ability and commitment is for this young man. But, if he could not get his academic act together to meet the SC academic qualifications for a JC transfer, then my guess is he simply lacks the maturity, understanding of how academics “work”, and/or ability to perform academics at a high level. This could be do to a variety of factors, but I doubt he had a high school coach who demanded academic performance as a condition for PT.

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Clippers? have now become The Clippers!– Bet they will be more exciting racing down the court than the Lakers will be bullying down theirs.

Chris
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Nope. They are the clippers. Much like UCLA football, irrelevant.

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Now that Cousins signed with the Lakers, I don’t know how they can play with only one basketball!