Scout’s Brian Dohn reported news of Sills’ decommitment on Saturday.
Sills was 13 and in eighth grade when he committed to Lane Kiffin’s program. Sills was a pupil of quarterback coach Steve Clarkson, who also trained Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley, so Kiffin probably felt very comfortable offering the youngster at the time.
LBS tipster JS reminds us that almost exactly four years ago, we predicted Kiffin wouldn’t even be around at USC by the time Sills would be ready for college.
The joke at the time, aside from Kiffin going so young, was that he wouldn’t even be around by the time Sills was ready for college. With 30 scholarships being taken away over the next three years, I’m guessing Kiffin will be gone by the time young David is ready for college.
We were right on that call.
Kiffin is now the offensive coordinator under Nick Saban at Alabama after being fired midway through last season, Kiffin’s fourth at USC. Steve Sarkisian replaced Kiffin at USC and received a commitment from St. Bonaventure’s Ricky Town, who is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2015 class. Ironically, Town was previously committed to Bama and reversed after Kiffin was hired.
Sills is entering his senior season at Eastern Christian Academy, which is a new, small private school in Elkton, Maryland. They traveled to multiple states and played many powerhouse programs last season, but they only played three games in 2012 because many schools dropped them from their schedule after Maryland did not sanction them. Sills is still considered one of the better quarterback prospects in the 2015 class, and now he will likely be available again for recruiting. There is no word on where he may choose to go.
Below is his highlight reel from the 2013 season: