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Teen's dad defends 'bizarre' commitment

As you no doubt have heard by now, 13-year-old quarterback prodigy David Sills gave a “verbal commitment” to Southern Cal just a couple of days ago.

The backlash stemming from the situation was immediate and, in some cases, quite vicious.  Most of the venom was directed at USC carnival barker head coach Lane Kiffin, but some was saved for the father of the teenager.

Speaking to ESPN Los Angeles.com, David Sills IV admitted that the commitment was “weird” and “bizarre”, but defended the decision to allow his son to commit at such an early age as simply playing by the rules as they are currently constituted.

“Even when I sit back and reflect on it, it’s shocking, weird, bizarre, you name it,” the elder Sills said. “Quite frankly I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The rules are the rules and as long as you abide by the rules then you abide by the rules. If people don’t like this they don’t need to get mad about it and bash the dad and bash the coach and bash the kid, they should call up the NCAA and tell them that they don’t like the rules. 

“I’m a guy that follows the rules. Whatever the rules are, let’s play by the rules. It’s very difficult as a father to say my son shouldn’t be getting recruited at 13 so I’m not going to let him have this opportunity. …

“For the people that don’t like kids getting recruited early, if it was their kid, what would they do? Would they hold them back? I understand people’s opinions and I respect that everybody is allowed to have an opinion but I don’t really have a problem with people young, old or in between getting recruited. I don’t think it’s a big deal. People talk about pressure and expectations but that’s not who David is. He doesn’t feel a lot of pressure. He loves football and he likes to have fun. I told him if it ever gets to a point where he’s not having fun to stop and we’ll play golf.”

That’s all well and good, and the father makes some excellent points — “The way I look at it is if David was a phenomenal mathematician and I held him back, wouldn’t that be wrong? If he was a great piano player or a gifted child actor and I held him back, wouldn’t that be wrong?” — but that still doesn’t change the fact that the whole situation is downright creepy.

Perhaps, though, that creep factor is directly related to the head coach involved in this head-scratching affair.

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12 Responses to “Teen's dad defends 'bizarre' commitment”
  1. Sean Martin says: Feb 7, 2010 11:43 AM

    The father made some great points. Instead of just saying, “I want the most for my son,” he was very descriptive. If he can avoid the Eugene Marve route, then I think this could actually blossom into a really good success story.

  2. shadowman1433 says: Feb 7, 2010 12:14 PM

    Dad’s just working on his retirement plan, living off his kid in the future. Maybe they can get a reality show too.

  3. edgy1957 says: Feb 7, 2010 1:14 PM

    Perhaps, though, that creep factor is directly related to the head coach involved in this head-scratching affair.
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    Ya Think? :)
    Look, if Bob Stoops or Barry Switzer would have offered a 10, 11 or 12 year old in Oklahoma a football scholarship, don’t you think that the kid would have jumped at the chance? I would think that if Barry had thought about this years ago, he probably would have done it and let’s be frank, Kiffin is doing something that he learned from the SEC basketball powers….

  4. tk1966 says: Feb 7, 2010 1:36 PM

    I bet dad already has the house picked out thats been promised by the boosters

  5. BrownsTown says: Feb 7, 2010 2:33 PM

    People need to back off. I think Todd Marinovich showed everyone that being the child of an all-star dad doesn’t leave any lasting emotional issues. I’m quite confident the kid won’t be on a VH1 reality show with Scott Baio in 15 years.

  6. skinny pigeon says: Feb 7, 2010 3:49 PM

    The dad thinks he would be holding the kid back if he didn’t let him commit now. How is that holding the kid back? He can’t go to USC and play football now because he doesn’t have the physical maturity. A piano prodigy at 13 can play Carnegie Hall….of course, I would have probably made the same decision if my kid had those skills. But I wouldn’t have commited to a coach that sucked.

  7. elengineer says: Feb 7, 2010 5:11 PM

    It really didn’t matter who the coach was. It is USC and the hate runs strong against the school. Even more now that Kiffin is the head coach.

  8. chicagosundevil says: Feb 7, 2010 5:19 PM

    Does this guy remind anyone else of Balloon Boy’s Dad?

  9. Terry says: Feb 7, 2010 9:22 PM

    Who Cares; an oral commitment is worthless and non-binding!

  10. Alabama joins LSU in offering scholarship to eighth grader | CollegeFootballTalk says: Feb 25, 2013 4:17 PM

    [...] when he received a scholarship offer from Lane Kiffin and USC.  Unlike Moses, though, Sills verbally committed to the Trojans; three years later, and after sitting in on positional meetings with Trojan players and coaches, [...]

  11. Cross-town tit for rival tat: UCLA offers eighth-grader | CollegeFootballTalk says: Jun 12, 2013 11:36 PM

    […] staff offered a scholarship to a 13-year-old quarterback who attended positional meetings and verballed to USC. ¬†Over the past handful of months, Alabama, LSU and Washington have offered scholarships to an […]

  12. Top three 2015 Rivals.com QBs now committed to Pac-12 schools | CollegeFootballTalk says: May 3, 2014 5:56 PM

    […] To stretch it out even further when it comes to the Left Coast league, four of the top eight and five of the top 12 are committed to Pac-12 schools, the others being No. 8 Jake Browning (Washington) and No. 12 David Sills (USC, since the age of 13). […]

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