13-Year-Old David Sills Commits to USC
David Sills, all of 13 years old, has verbally committed to USC. Sills is a quarterback out of Bear, Del., who has drawn raves for his talent at such a young age.
"His skill set is off the chart," his personal coach Steve Clarkson told ESPN. "I've never seen anyone at his age do what he's been able to do." Clarkson has mentored other top quarterbacks in the past, including current USC starter Matt Barkley.
According to the ESPN, new USC coach Lane Kiffin received a verbal commitment from Sills on Thursday evening. "He's already six feet as a 13-year-old," Clarkson said. "And he's breaking down NFL footage."
If Sills has indeed verbally committed to USC, it would be an unprecedented moment for college football, and raises all sorts of questions about recruitment. Forget 2012, we're talking about the class of 2015 here.
Clarkson told ESPN that Sills received a scholarship offer after he called Kiffin to discuss a quarterback recruit for next year's class. According to Clarkson, that's when he told Kiffin about the teenager he's been tutoring in Delaware, and directed him to watch the YouTube video above.
(It should be noted that the video, replete with sappy background music and slo-mo portions, is posted under Clarkson's own "QBDreamMaker" YouTube account.)
Clarkson said Kiffin watched the compilation and called him back immediately to tell him Sills was "incredible" before asking how old the quarterback was.
According to the report, the Sills family called Kiffin to speak for the first time a couple of hours later. The teen's father, David Sills IV, told ESPN that USC had always been his son's dream school.
"I'm as shocked as anybody," Sills' father said. "I was just talking with friends yesterday about what it'll be like four years from now when David goes through the recruiting process. I never expected this to happen so soon."
Sills' father said that the family is going to head out to California in a few weeks and will meet Kiffin then. "We're excited to meet him," Sills' father said. "And we're excited to verbally commit. Hopefully it all works out in the future."
The future is the big keyword in all of this. A lot can change between a verbal commitment in early 2010 and when Sills actually pursues a college career. Lives change, opinions change, and even coaches change. Only time will tell what the future holds for the young phenom, but he certainly has the college football world buzzing now.