Javaris Steward, a four-star 2016 linebacker, committed to the USC Trojans and then decided to de-commit from them in the same day. It is a rather bizarre story to say the least, but this is just a bit of the backlash that USC has seen since being forced to fire head coach Steve Sarkisian due to alcohol issues.
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After deciding to de-commit from USC, Steward talked to the media about his decision and why he ended up making it.
“I talked things over with my guardian and realized I need to take a step back and wait to see what happens with the coaching staff at USC,” said Sterward. “It’s a big decision and I want to think things through a little more carefully.”
While some recruits have de-committed due to the Sarkisian news, it sounds like Steward is more interested to see what happens with the assistant coaches.
“I didn’t really know the head coach,” said Steward. “I met him because he offered me when I went to the game. He seemed like a pretty good guy. But I have a good relationship with the assistant coaches. It’s a good group of people at USC. When I went there, the whole staff and everybody at USC made me feel very welcome.”
Obviously whenever a head coach is fired, the assistant coaches come next after a new coach is hired. That is likely to be the case at USC, which makes this decision reasonable for Steward.
Expect to hear plenty more about USC in the coming weeks as commits consider de-committing and the Trojans prepare to explore the coaching market.