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USC football: Eighth-grade quarterback David Sills remains committed to USC

February 7, 2011 |  6:20 pm

USC Coach Lane Kiffin made news last year when, shortly after being hired at USC, he offered a scholarship to David Sills, a then-seventh-grade quarterback from Delaware.

Sills made a verbal commitment to the Trojans and started for Red Lion Christian Academy last season as an eighth-grader.

Sills' Southern California-based private quarterback coach, Steve Clarkson, caused a minor stir Monday when he told The Times' Eric Sondheimer that Auburn had offered Sills a scholarship.

But Sills' father, also named David, told me that his son has not been offered a scholarship by the Bowl Championship Series titlists, who have offered a scholarship to another Red Lion player.

"David was not offered by Auburn," the elder Sills said in a phone interview. "We have a very good relationship with their coaches. They all know he wants to go to USC. It's his dream school and he's made it very clear he's committed to USC."

Sills' father said his son would attend a few weeks of spring practice at USC.

--Gary Klein

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