Russ offers his educated opinions and observations of the Spring Game played Saturday, April 17,…
USC Spring Football Update
* (on changes in recruiting): "When I first started at Ohio State, you would recruit a player over a steak dinner. You took them out to dinner so much you almost felt like you needed to be a banquet speaker. There was unlimited visitation, no signing date, etc. Then the south had a signing day and you would take care of that and then go up north and recruit some more. Recruiting has changed tremendously. It is so well-organized now. You have so many camps and really start looking at players when they are in the ninth grade."
* (on Mississippi State's hiring of Sylvester Croom as head coach): "I've heard nothing but great things about Sylvester Croom. I think it's a great thing for the conference. He seems to be going about everything the right way. You look at the kind of obstacles he's had to overcome and he's handled everything with class. I think he'll do an excellent job there."
* (on the play of quarterback Syvelle Newton in the spring game): "Syvelle's performance in the spring game was outstanding. He threw for 277 yards and rushed for another 70 or so. Certainly, a performance like that and you plug him into the quarterback race. But, if you remember, a couple of days before that, I was talking about how he had done a good job of recovering his own fumbles in practice. Dondrial Pinkins did not have a good spring game but he had a good spring practice. He's an outstanding young man and does not have one deficiency against him pertaining to academics or anything of that nature. You like for your seniors to have success. But, if Syvelle Newton does a better job of moving the team, then he will have a chance to be the quarterback. Both he and Blake Mitchell are fine young quarterbacks. You like to have two quarterbacks who you can count on. You have one you start and then you have one you may need to put in at some point in time."
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