While a number of fans lamented the loss of Morrell Presley to ucla last week I found an interesting aside to the recruiting wars in L.A.
At the time of his commitment, there was some surprise he jumped on the offer from SC so early because Cal was always the school considered his dream school. Carroll camped with the Trojans in the summer and seemed to solidify his commitment only to open up things once again when the season kicked off.
At the recent Hawaii-Mainland All-American game, Carroll was quoted in an interview with Rivals.com saying his mom didn't like USC very much, that he was disappointed that Steve Sarkisian was leaving for Washington and said he was 'shaky on USC right now.'
There were reports that UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisal had come in for a home visit with Carroll earlier in the week but according to one of his coaches, "Randall blew it off and didn't show up for it."
So what's next for Carroll? We know there is interest in Florida and Georgia in addition to the two Pac 10 schools. He has already visited Cal and will likely visit the Gators, Dawgs and Trojans in January.
I think its poor form that Randall Carroll blew the meeting off. If he wasn't interested he should have just said so.
More important this shows what we already know...Neuheisel will be an aggressive recruiter (that's a good thing) but he isn't going to get everything that he covets. He can only play the "early playing time" card only so many times. Some players are going to see right through Neuheisel and his approach, as is the case here with Randall Carroll.
Carroll has shown himself to be a bit of an enigma in his wavering on his committment to USC. He seems to be very smart and very shrewd in his approach to the recruiting process and with UGA and Florida also in the mix I have a hard time believing that ucla was ever in the running to land him. I have seen a number of fans compare him to DeSean Jackson in his attitude and style. I wouldn't know nor do I care, if the coaching staff wants him then its fine with me. They have to deal with any drama that may arise I just want the team to win.
So while some were pissed that we lost Presley, I wasn't, they sky is not falling as Skippy has a loooooong way to go yet. He will get his players but as long as Pete Carroll is around it aint going to be easy.