Dillon Baxter Update

Submitted by TomVH on January 8th, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Just talked to Dillon Baxter, USC RB commit, and he said he's, "Really mad," about the Pete Carroll news.

Michigan was high on his list, and they almost got him to change his commitment at one point. If Pete Carroll does leave, there could be movement.

Just thought I would keep you updated.



January 8th, 2010 at 7:57 PM ^

IIRC, When Baxter visited didn't he do so with two friends (Shaw and Jefferson) that ended up at OU together? I know OU wasn't on his list, but I guarantee you Stoops is calling him now.

This will be an interesting few weeks.


January 8th, 2010 at 8:15 PM ^

...John Morton, Carroll's O Coordinator ... the same O Coordinator ESPN reports Carroll is courting for his staff in Seattle.

Just sayin'

The Other Brian

January 8th, 2010 at 8:34 PM ^

Florida is also expected to take a shot at Baxter.

If there's one advantage RR has over UF in this, it's the selling point that his offense is much friendlier to RBs than Florida's.


January 8th, 2010 at 10:15 PM ^

The actual chance he has of coming here. And if he does, justice hayes will probably be left out next year since we already have hart plus at least 5 or 6 RB's.

Blue Balls

January 8th, 2010 at 10:47 PM ^

and Pete Carroll never got wet. While USC's remaining coaches try to batten down the hatches and do damage control(hello- NCAA&"bye-bye Pete"), I'd expect many of these top recruits to jump ship.


January 9th, 2010 at 12:55 AM ^

Baxter is a man amongst boys. He's just clowning on kids, half the time he's not running full speed and still running past a lot people. He's honestly just doing whatever he wants. That's the first time I have seen his highlights, if we can somehow, by the grace of UM recruiting god land this kid, it would be huge. I don't think there is any doubt he would come in and probably be the starter at RB. This boy has speed to burn. Does anybody know what divison level he plays in?

If he is doing that in a high D level that's very impressive. It's impressive either way but damn.


January 9th, 2010 at 1:24 AM ^

Most we've heard before, but some late-night west coast board surfing finds: (I know, rumors, but you know, what else am I doing up now?)

Prater said to be gone - UTenn or UF;
Baxter also gone - us or UF;
**Expert help!! - both are supposed to start class as EE's Monday; They can't start if they're really leaving, right?

McKnight gone early (now apparent that his decision came AFTER Carroll was interviewed last week);
WR Damian Williams just declared

Lastly, much concern over the ArmyAA game tomorrow to see how many "expected verbals" end up being quiet...


January 9th, 2010 at 1:38 AM ^

If he's eligible to be an EE, I don't see why he couldn't still do it somewhere else, as long as he makes a decision soon. I'd think he's got up to the point where the Registrar (God, haven't said that word in 20 years!) has set the registration cut-off (i.e. drop/add deadline?) for the semester.

I can't imagine the NCAA cares, it'd be impossible to set a uniform date with the schools all having different timetables.


January 9th, 2010 at 1:52 AM ^

He would no longer be an amateur (EDIT: he would still be an amateur, but not a prep amateur). He could do what he wants. Hell, Ricardo Miller and Jeremy Jackson have worked out with the team from time to time. They just can't receive any benefits from the college while in high school, and they can't participate in practices.

Clarence Beeks

January 9th, 2010 at 1:38 AM ^

Just took a quick look at USC's commitment list and this decision has the potential to be a disaster of Titanic proportions for USC. As for this moment, not counting the potential Baxter and Prater defections, USC only has 14 verbals. They are always a late closing team, but man, this has the potential to be really bad for them.

Also, a very good Baxter article: http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1037685

75 TDs this year. Holy cow!

Clarence Beeks

January 9th, 2010 at 2:02 AM ^

Yeah, no kidding. I know that they always have like no one committed until the very end, but seriously, this could get really ugly for them. Like a class of less than 10 bad for them. Even if things were to shake out where they land a good coach, most of their top recruits will have been spooked away and it's not like they could really even go out and pull a bunch of lesser recruits that they haven't been recruiting. From this seat it looks like it could be a real mess.


January 9th, 2010 at 2:06 AM ^

I know there was speculation that we almost got him when he took his official earlier in the recruiting process, I'm just curious what Tom and Magnus and the other people more familiar with the situation feel the chances are we actually get the kid, if he decommits from USC, or is this all just wishful thinking?

The Other Brian

January 9th, 2010 at 2:16 AM ^

There's absolutely a chance. Some USC insiders who know their recruiting are saying that Baxter is taking this Carroll news harder than any of their commitments, he feels lied to, and if Carroll is indeed gone, so is he. Same insiders are saying Michigan and Florida are two schools expected to receive a long look.

Also, some contact has already been made on Michigan's behalf. If Baxter officially opens things up, UM is going to be right there.


January 9th, 2010 at 2:16 AM ^


Classes begin on Monday, but it looks like he could possibly register at USC all the way through next Friday.

I don't have any inside info. It's tough to change your mind this late if you're going to be an early enrollee. Honestly, I think there's a good chance that he's locked into his USC commitment. It would be a huge blow and a huge undertaking to switch schools on January 9 or later when you're just graduating from high school and entering college.

My guess would be that he sticks with USC.


January 9th, 2010 at 3:34 AM ^

I think the NCAA says yes:

-Have you ever been enrolled full time at a two- or four-year school in a regular academic term? (Summer does not

-Have you ever reported for practice with the regular squad?

-Have you ever practiced or played while you were enrolled part time?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, you are a transfer. That means you now need to learn the transfer rules if you still want to play your sport at your new NCAA school.

Not good.


January 9th, 2010 at 12:02 PM ^

I'm pretty sure that if classes have not started his enrollment can be canceled as if it never occurred.

I am open to correction on this if wrong but I also assume that even if he enrolled, and was a transfer student per the NCAA, he could still transfer without penalty if he had not reported for any football related activities.

Imagine if Carroll had done this after classes started and there was no way out for this kid - that would have looked even worse.

Isaac Newton

January 9th, 2010 at 6:56 PM ^

The critical word here is "enrolled." In college speak, it can mean different things. It might mean you signed up for some classes, but haven't attended yet. It might also mean you have actually attended. I have no idea what it means in this sentence from the NCAA. It might take an interpretation from NCAA compliance. I suspect they have precedence for a student signing up for classes but not attending.