Published January 14, 2015
The next Tiger Woods? The next Lebron James?
Everyone is always looking for the next phenom. And that's why you might want to learn the name David Sills. He is a seventh grader who just gave a verbal commitment to the University of Southern California to be their quarterback - in 2015, MyFoxNY.com reported.
The six-foot-tall 13-year-old is a wunderkind in the eyes of his personal coach Steve Clarkson, who has mentored top college quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and current USC star Matt Barkley.
The shocking commitment of such a young player is more common in sports that are less physically demanding than football. There is the issue of Sills continuing to mature physically to withstand the punishment of the highest level of collegiate football, but Clarkson doesn't foresee any problems.
"His skill set is off the chart," Clarkson said. "I've never seen anyone at his age do what he's been able to do," he said according to ESPN. He added that Sills breaks down NFL game film as part of his routine.
USC coach Lane Kiffin contacted Clarkson to discuss another player and instead was sold the bill of goods on Sills. Kiffin came away more than impressed.
Kiffin continues his stretch of making big news after he bolted Tennessee after only one year to accept one of the most hallowed coaching jobs in the NCAA.
The USC job was available after Pete Carroll left USC for the NFL, agreeing to become the Seattle Seahawks new head coach.