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USC offers scholarship to incoming H.S. freshman

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07:17 AM ET 06.11 | Congratulations are in order for recruiting Class of 2017 QB Nathan Tilford. [Tilford] (Upland, Calif./Upland) has yet to play a down of high school football, but the spotlight already is shining brightly on him. ... [Tilford landed] a scholarship offer from USC at the Trojans' skills camp, according to a source at the event. Projected as one of the top incoming high school freshmen in Southern California, Tilford opened eyes this spring with strong performances against older athletes in the local 7-on-7 circuit. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder attended USC practices this spring as he garnered interest from the Trojans. And although Tilford is still four years away from graduating high school, the early offer doesn't come as a huge surprise.

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June 11, 2013  07:48 AM ET
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A bit early, would you not agree OT?

I don't often agree with you, 0-6, but when I do it usually involves Kiffin. Stay active, my friend.

June 11, 2013  08:02 AM ET

Well, they are getting an early jump on the first full class of recruiting!!

June 11, 2013  08:13 AM ET

This assumes (a) the kid is still interested in USC in four years and (b) Kiffin is still at USC in four years.

June 11, 2013  08:23 AM ET

Good grief.

June 11, 2013  09:07 AM ET

He should skip playing football in high school altogether right now (for fear of a serious injury) and just wait until he is enrolled at USC to pick up the pigskin again...

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June 11, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

A bit early, would you not agree OT?

He is taking his Geritol, be here in a minute.

June 11, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Gotta bu

June 11, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Gotta keep the local kids home.

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June 11, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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A bit early, would you not agree OT?

Probably, but believe it or not, Tilford actually isn???t the first member of the Class of 2017 to receive an offer. Dylan Moses, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound running back/linebacker from Baton Rouge, La., has attracted a bevy of interest from Alabama, LSU, Texas, Florida, and others.

June 11, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He is taking his Geritol, be here in a minute.

LOL, you weren't far from being right, it took me more than a minute to respond!!! :-)

June 11, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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InBeforeOT says LSU,Gumps offered the Moses kid..whats the problem

Damn it, you beat me to it!!! Good job!!!!

June 11, 2013  10:17 AM ET

If Bama offered a kid like this, could they process him as a HS Jr when he throws too many INTs?

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June 11, 2013  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If Bama offered a kid like this, could they process him as a HS Jr when he throws too many INTs?

Zing!!!

Trying to get JK's heart rate up early aren't you!

June 11, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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If Bama offered a kid like this, could they process him as a HS Jr when he throws too many INTs?

Question though.....what would LV do about all the money paid between now and then? Would he want it all back? or is that just the cost of doing business?

June 11, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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Question though.....what would LV do about all the money paid between now and then? Would he want it all back? or is that just the cost of doing business?

The risk-reward profile of this transaction is extreme, and of course there can be no written contract, only oral, and absolutely no accounting trail. The only advice to be found in the most authoritative reference on this particular subject, "The SEC Cheater's Handbook and Player Investment Guide" only states:


"Better be mighty dang careful when paying young talent, whether male or female"

 
June 11, 2013  11:08 AM ET
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Question though.....what would LV do about all the money paid between now and then? Would he want it all back? or is that just the cost of doing business?

Great thing about offering in the 9th grade....U$C bagmen can pay him with under-age swag. Instead of cash, cars, and houses they get cheap cases of beer, seedy hotel rooms, condoms, I-Phones, and pron mags.

MUCH harder for the NCAA to track than the typical U$C payments Bush et al received

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