The first defection is on the books. Jordan Campbell has informed Lane Kiffin that he is leaving USC and will transfer.
Campbell's decision to leave the Trojans is especially interesting because of the circumstances surrounding his time at USC. A high school All-American out of Norco High who struggled to find playing time at USC during his three-year career, Campbell ended spring practice not officially on USC's roster due to a violation of head coach Lane Kiffin's newly instituted "zero-tolerance" policy.
Instead of being forced to sit out a season and thus forfeit his penultimate year of eligibility -- as would have happened if he decided to transfer even a month ago -- Campbell will be immediately eligible upon enrolling at his new school.
"I decided to transfer because it was a blessing in disguise," Campbell said by phone Monday. "The opportunity to go to any other school that I wanted to without sitting out a year -- that was awesome."
Campbell was a four-star LB out of high school and obviously was battling for playing time at USC. But this begs the question, is there a chance that the Gophers can get Campbell or any other potential USC defectors? We are in a major conference, Brewster seems to do a great job connecting with recruits AND we have USC on the schedule for the next two years.
The recruiting pitch would have to be the opportunity to play USC and prove to them that you should have been starting.