Pedro Moura of ESPN Los Angeles has reported that USC linebacker Jordan Campbell, a redshirt junior, will be the first Trojan to opt for transfer following last weeks sanctions in light of the NCAA’s waiver of the redshirt bench year. The good news is the loss of Campbell is not a major impediment to the Trojan squad. Campbell has mainly been a career backup & special teamer with only 17 tackles combined in 2008 & 2009. Furthermore, his character has been a question at USC, with Kiffin punishing during spring practice for an unspecified violation.
While the prospect of further transfers and decommitments are frightening for USC, the immediate result has been less than overwhelming. Not three days after the sanctions, USC actually picked up a 2011 commitment in Crenshaw High offensive lineman Marcus Martin, (6-4, 350 lbs). And as predicted, while the Trojans may lose one or two moderate impact players, the majority of the loss will be superfluous glut. Campbell falls in that latter category, and will likely be best for both parties to cut ties.
Still, despite the marginal loss of Campbell, it leaves everyone speculating…who will be next?