As USC pieced together its recruiting class for 2015, it targeted multiple passers before Sam Darnold ultimately committed to the program July 18, 2014.
Sills received a scholarship offer from then-USC coach Lane Kiffin in 2010. He was in the seventh grade, and Kiffin had yet to coach his first game for the Trojans. Sills, then living in Delaware, was trained by the Los Angeles-based private quarterback coach Steve Clarkson. Stills never made it to USC, landing at West Virginia as a wide receiver. He caught seven passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2015. Sills transferred to El Camino College in an attempt to reboot his career as a quarterback last year, but has since returned to West Virginia as a receiver.
Kiffin offered Rosen a scholarship two months before he would be fired as the Trojans’ head coach. Rosen, who starred at St. John Bosco High and was regarded as the top-ranked quarterback in the 2015 class, never seriously considered the program, instead courting Stanford and UCLA. After the Cardinal decided against offering a scholarship, Rosen committed to the Bruins, whose coach, Jim Mora, lived in the same Manhattan Beach neighborhood. The passer has started at UCLA since he was a freshman and was named the Pac-12’s offensive freshman of the year in 2015, but missed the second half of his sophomore season with a shoulder injury.
Oddly enough, Town, a heralded prospect from St. Bonaventure in Ventura, saw a scholarship offer arrive from the Trojans on the same day as Rosen — July 18, 2013. Town committed to Alabama a month later, but would decommit from the Crimson Tide and pledge to USC the following winter. The decision followed Steve Sarkisian replacing Kiffin as the Trojans’ coach. Town enrolled early at USC in 2015 to participate in spring practice, but abruptly transferred to Arkansas following training camp in August. He never appeared in a game for the Razorbacks and transferred to Ventura College earlier this year. He could again transfer to a Division I program with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
USC never officially offered Jonsen a scholarship, but pursued the talented Servite High passer until late June of 2014. After offering a scholarship to Darnold, who would become the second quarterback prospect in its class, Jonsen, a dual-threat quarterback, committed to Oregon. In high school, he was known as Travis Waller. Before he joined the Ducks, he changed…