FINISH LINE: USC’s Kiffin recruits them young

  • Fri Feb 5th, 2010 11:53pm
  • Sports

Young gun

University of Southern California coach Lane Kiffin is apparently trying to get the inside track on recruiting 13-year-old quarterback David Sills from Delaware.

Kiffin (right) talked to the Bear, Del., teen by phone Thursday and the coach told the boy he’d like to have him come to USC, according to David Sills IV, the youth’s father. The boy’s answer? “Absolutely,” the elder Sills said.

Dad also spoke to Kiffin and was shocked to have his son receive the nonbinding offer, but he is comfortable with his son’s early commitment.

“David’s always wanted to go to USC,” the father told ESPN. “I mean, is there a better place to play football in the country? How can you pass up the best offer you’re ever going to get?”

The boy, a seventh-grader at Red Lion Christian Academy, already is 6-feet tall and “his (football) skill set is off the charts,” says Steve Clarkson, the teen’s personal trainer the past three years. Clarkson has mentored some of the game’s best quarterbacks, including current USC starter Matt Barkley. Clarkson sent Kiffin a tape of the boy, prompting Kiffin’s call.

“I’ve never seen anyone at his age do what he’s been able to do,” Clarkson said. “And he’s breaking down NFL footage.”


“It’s a magical day, rife with camaraderie and new friends. Met my first wife at a Super Bowl party. She jumped out of the cake, then ate it. Score.”

— Chris Erskine

The Los Angeles Times columnist writing about how Super Bowl parties are the absolute worst places to watch the big game.