Like Pete Carroll has said..."USC is a difficult program, its not for everyone."
Sure losing Presley to ucla is a bummer but when you read some of the comments that Presley has made it makes me take a second look and and wonder if USC is really on the losing end of his commitment. (emphasis added)
"I wanted to make my own path," said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Presley, who had 35 catches for 604 yards as a senior. "The easy way was to go to 'SC. I loved it up there. All the players up there, they live like kings, walking around campus with their chests out, everybody knows them, and all the bowl games. But it really wouldn't make me happy seeing a (bowl) ring on my finger if I didn't do anything to get that ring.
"I wanted to be someone who starts something, and be part of something big."
I am fine with his wanting to be a plank owner at ucla...I mean the only way they can go is up. There is no quesition that being a part of something from the very beginning is a very special feeling and its even more special when you have success.
Remember what Coach O said.
The emphasized remarks show me a kid who didn't want to compete. Its obvious that he saw the depth chart and had second thoughts. I woud completely disagree that going to USC was taking the easy route. He would have had to compete with the #1 TE form last years recruiting class already on the roster and with 2 other very good TE's he saw the writing on nthe wall. At ucla he will be #3 on the depth chart behind two 4th year players he won't see much time next season at TE but after that who knows.
I still think he is way to small for a TE and that Chow will probably look to use him in a Big Mike Williams type role but not as a TE he needs to put some weight on then bulk up with some muscle.
You have to buy into the USC culture right off the bat.
In for a dime, in for a dollar.
This program is not for everyone and Presley's comments reveal that right off the bat. Losing his talent is a disappointment, losing his attitude is not...this could be a blessing in disguise.
Again we wish him luck...