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Four-star USC RB transferring to the Irish

Amir Carlisle AP

Apparently, and as I’m the exact opposite of a recruiting savant I’ll have to take other people’s word for it, there was a fairly intense battle for the services of Amir Carlisle last year between USC and Notre Dame.

The Trojans won the short-term commitment battle back then, but the Irish have apparently won the long-term recruiting war in the here and now.

Speaking to the South Bend Tribune, Carlisle’s father confirmed that his son has asked for and been granted a release from his USC scholarship, and will be transferring to Notre Dame.  The reason for the decision appears to boil down to one factor: a change in the father’s employment location.

Duane Carlisle was the head strength & conditioning coach of the San Francisco 49ers when his son signed his Letter of Intent with USC last February, but took a job at Purdue as its director of sports performance a month or so later.  As the family is extremely close — and in what was described as “definitely… a family decision” — the dad moving to the Midwest led the West Coast son to transfer less than a year after enrolling.

“It was our intention to stay (in California), but circumstances changed,” Duane Carlisle told the Tribune. “We’re a close-knit family. …

“This definitely was a family decision. It wasn’t just an Amir decision. We felt as though Notre Dame would be the best fit for him for the next four years.”

Looking ahead, it’s unclear what would happen if the son was drafted by an NFL club other than the Indianapolis Colts and the father was still employed by Purdue.

Despite ankle and knee issues, Carlisle showed flashes of significant potential during his true freshman season with the Trojans.  The back averaged over six yards on his 19 carries as well as catching seven passes, one going for a touchdown.

As a four-star member of USC’s 2011 recruiting class, Carlisle was the No. 4 all-purpose running back in the nation and the No. 9 overall player in the state of California according to Rivals.com.  Per NCAA transfer rules, Carlisle will have to sit out the 2012 season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.

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21 Responses to “Four-star USC RB transferring to the Irish”
  1. addict2sport says: Jan 8, 2012 9:37 AM

    USC has now had a number of players transfer during the sanctions (though this transfer doesn’t seem sanction related nor has SC lost as many transfers as some may have anticipated). Have any of those transfers actually had success after leaving?

  2. thegreatness34 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:56 AM

    The comment about what this young player would do when drafted in the NFL is a cheapshot. This is a kid we are talking about…and one who happens to value his family…gee what a concept! I applaud this kid’s decision. Perhaps when he has kids, he will also be involved in their lives; which is sadly frequently not the case with these athletes.

  3. irishjackmp says: Jan 8, 2012 10:57 AM

    “Looking ahead, it’s unclear what would happen if the son was drafted by an NFL club other than the Indianapolis Colts and the father was still employed by Purdue.”

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    I’m sure the author of this piece is giving himself a nice pat on the back thinking how hilariously witty this line is but in reality, it just makes him sound like an idiot.

    Let’s see, at a time when fewer and fewer families are staying together, a kid decides to transfer to a school with better academics, where he can be closer to his (in tact) family, where he will be able to travel home more frequently to see his family and where his family will more frequently be able to travel to see him @ his games and the author thinks this is something to make fun of.

    If more families were this tight, we’d be better off as a country.

  4. irishdodger says: Jan 8, 2012 11:05 AM

    I echo the previous comments about the author’s classless cheap shot. In a time where most of these kids don’t have a father involved in their life, this frustrated jock immediately mocks the situation for the sake of a few cheap yuks.

  5. cubano76 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:07 AM

    You took a cheap shot JT. Not cool, you’re much better than that.

  6. lanzurrah says: Jan 8, 2012 11:10 AM

    Another USC transfer that nobody will ever hear from again….

  7. lanzurrah says: Jan 8, 2012 11:20 AM

    @irishjackmp

    As far as the kid transferring to “a better academic institution”….Notre Dame is only slightly ranked higher….19th to USC’s 23rd. Notre Dame is right there with the USC’s, UCLA’s, etc….they’re not Stanford.

    http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/spp+50

  8. polegojim says: Jan 8, 2012 11:30 AM

    Not a cheap shot by JT – kids become men when they learn to make a decision and stick to it…. unless of course he’s planning on living in his parents basement after graduation. Remove teet from mouth.

    The ‘my daddy moved’ card shows a lack of seriousness that I hope he gains at Notre Dame.

  9. polegojim says: Jan 8, 2012 11:32 AM

    @irishjack – you do realize it’s completely possible to be a tight, close-knit, loving, loyal, and dedicated family WITHOUT living together into adulthood, right?

  10. bangitfootball says: Jan 8, 2012 12:03 PM

    Gee John Taylor what a smarmy and wity and clever sarcastic writer you are!!!! NOT

  11. irishjackmp says: Jan 8, 2012 12:08 PM

    @ polegojim – you do realize that they aren’t actually “living together into adulthood” as you put it, right? They are simply going to be in the same state. I live in Philadelphia, my extended family lives 3 hours away in State College. By your logic since we are still in the same state, we are “living together in to adulthood” as well.

    This isn’t some 27 year old living in his parents basement. He was an 18 year old who made his decision (in large part it sounds like) on college based on what would allow him to see his family (and allow his family to see his games).

    Prospective college students take location in to account all the time. At the time he made his decision, his family lived in CA. I suspect he would have made a very different decision had his father’s job already changed.

    So the kids doesn’t feel like going September through June with only really seeing his family for a few days @ Christmas – good for him.

    As for the “kids become men when they make a decision and stick to it”… that absurd. Colleges only “commit” to the player for one year (schools renew athletic scholarships at their discresion each year and can pull them at anytime – just ask John Calipari’s players @ Kentucky when he got there). On top of that, coaches bail on programs as well (see Kifflin, Lane. Head coach @ University of Tennessee).

    To say that this kid should have blindly stuck to a 4-5 year commitment to USC regardless of family circumstances while USC is only required to make a one year commitment to him and can walk away from the player after one year is absurd.

  12. queenlivekillers says: Jan 8, 2012 12:41 PM

    What the sh*t?!? His father works at Purdue, but when the son wants to transfer closer to his family he chooses Notre Dame? If I were Danny Hope, I would have a serious talk with the father about his loyalties. Notre Dame is Purdue’s enemy. Period.

  13. phillyb6 says: Jan 8, 2012 1:29 PM

    Queenlivekillers… Great point. Why didn’t he transfer to Purdue?

  14. thegamecocker says: Jan 8, 2012 1:41 PM

    We’re a close knit Family. My daughter went to Cal; my other daughter to Wisconsin. Family lives in NJ. The kid wasn’t good enough to see the field at Southern Cal and may not see it at ND
    Either. He’s a wuss and his father did him no favors. He’ll be a “kid”
    All his life. Not a MAN! Perfect for ND!

  15. cosanostra71 says: Jan 8, 2012 3:31 PM

    it seems kind of strange to me, but whatever makes him happy. Would rather he stayed at USC but like I said, whatever makes him happy.

  16. 10of14 says: Jan 8, 2012 7:06 PM

    …Because Purdue and Hoke suck…they are one of the worst B10 programs and slightly better than teams that play in the MAC.

  17. polegojim says: Jan 8, 2012 11:55 PM

    @irishjack – I understand his reasoning and all the warm and fuzzies, but don’t agree with the decision making process.

    My point isn’t about who can/can’t jump ship. It’s about sticking with a program that will bring out your best and has already begun doing so…. and sitting out a year to-boot.

    What if in two years, Dad gets an even better job back in California or Arizona or Texas? Will it be in Amir’s best interests to keep moving around?

  18. bozosforall says: Jan 9, 2012 10:21 AM

    irishjackmp says:
    Jan 8, 2012 10:57 AM
    “Looking ahead, it’s unclear what would happen if the son was drafted by an NFL club other than the Indianapolis Colts and the father was still employed by Purdue.”

    ___________________________________

    I’m sure the author of this piece is giving himself a nice pat on the back thinking how hilariously witty this line is but in reality, it just makes him sound like an idiot.

    Let’s see, at a time when fewer and fewer families are staying together, a kid decides to transfer to a school with better academics, where he can be closer to his (in tact) family, where he will be able to travel home more frequently to see his family and where his family will more frequently be able to travel to see him @ his games and the author thinks this is something to make fun of.

    If more families were this tight, we’d be better off as a country.

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    Your school’s program STILL sucks, irishjerkoff. Hasn’t won a title in how long now? And talking about academics on a football site is lamer than lame. Academics don’t get you wins in major college football and the only idiots who think so are fans of teams that haven’t won squat in forever, so they have to reach for weak boasting about things that don’t really matter on the field.

  19. palinurus10 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:52 PM

    Bozosforall sounds like a frustrated loser of 48 whose only meaning in life is by nuthugging a football team he could never make and by attacking a school he could never get into….lol. Loser.

  20. steriol1947 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:52 PM

    BozoforallNeeds to look into the history of USC football to see how they have been the poster child of the ills of college football. Their national championships are tainted with wrong doings. Example Reggie Bush next up players who are not eligible academically but why worry about some trivial matter why worry they are used up and ill prepared for the real world . Before you ever think they are anywhere near ND academically you better check your sources as I would have to believe there not to reliable

  21. mogogo1 says: Jan 10, 2012 10:16 AM

    polegojim says:

    Not a cheap shot by JT – kids become men when they learn to make a decision and stick to it….
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    That argument would be a WHOLE lot stronger if coaches didn’t constantly jump from one school to another, ignoring the contracts they signed and lying to their players and recruits about their intentions right up until the moment they walk out the door. Not sure how you can hold teenagers to a higher standard than their coaches.

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