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13-year-old QB gives commitment to USC

LOS ANGELES — Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin is apparently trying to get the inside track on recruiting a 13-year-old quarterback from Delaware.

The father of David Sills said Kiffin talked to the seventh-grader by phone Thursday and the coach told the boy he'd like to have him play for the Trojans. The boy's answer: "Absolutely."

David Sills IV said Friday that he also spoke to Kiffin and was shocked to have his son receive the nonbinding offer. The elder Sills said he is comfortable with his son's early commitment.

"It was very cool, but my heart was beating so fast, and I was scared. But after … I was so excited and pumped," Sills, who is 5 feet 11 but projected to grow to be 6-5, said of the call. "I've always imagined in my dream going to USC. … But this is so crazy and out of nowhere."

NCAA rules prohibit coaches and schools from speaking publicly about unsigned prospects.

Sills, who can't sign a letter of intent until February 2015, will play at Bear Red Lion Christian, which plays a national schedule. He trains with quarterback guru Steve Clarkson, who is based in Southern California and knows Kiffin. Clients include NFL players Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Cassel and Matt Leinart, projected first-round pick Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame, and current USC starter Matt Barkley.

"He is extremely special," Clarkson said of Sills in the fall. "If there was a LeBron James in football, Jimmy Clausen would be the one. Then Matt Barkley was sort of second. (Sills), he is so unique. I thought he was the Tiger Woods of his position."

Men's basketball

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona placed itself on probation for 2010-11 and 2011-12 for violations by former coach Lute Olson related to an offseason AAU tournament in 2008.

The school also said it will relinquish one scholarship for 2011-12 and cut the number of days coaches are allowed to recruit for the next two seasons.

The school noted Olson, now 75, was dealing with health issues at the time. It was later revealed he had had a stroke that affected his decision-making abilities.

The NCAA can modify the sanctions. A final resolution isn't expected for several months.

Arkansas: A special prosecutor won't file charges against three players accused of rape, citing insufficient evidence. A freshman accused Marcus Britt, Glenn Bryant and Nick Mason of raping her Aug. 27, but local authorities decided against charges. The special prosecutor was assigned to review the case. The three have been suspended all season.

Syracuse: Forward Wes Johnson said he is sore but expects to play Sunday at Cincinnati. Johnson flipped and crashed hard when fouled by Providence's Brian McKenzie on Tuesday.

Player death: A Kentucky coroner says final autopsy results confirmed an enlarged heart caused the death of Southern Indiana's Jeron Lewis, 21, who collapsed during a game Jan. 14.

Women

No. 21 Ga. Tech 61, Maryland 60: Host Maryland's Anjale Barrett made 1 of 2 free throws with one second left, giving Georgia Tech (19-5, 5-3 ACC) the win.

13-year-old QB gives commitment to USC 02/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2010 11:16pm]
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