Fink surprised by offer

After USC finished up another spring practice Saturday, Glendora (Calif.) quarterback Matt Fink received some surprising news from head football coach Steve Sarksian.

Glendora (Calif.) quarterback Matt Fink attended USC spring practice without a thought of a scholarship offer in mind.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior has been in contact with USC for months, but Trojans quarterback coach Clay Helton never hinted of a scholarship offer — not even right before it happened Saturday.

“I was on the unofficial visit to watch practice and Coach (Steve) Sarkisian called me into his office afterward and said he wanted to talk to me,” said Fink. “That’s when he said he wanted to offer me a scholarship.

“It came out of no where. I wasn’t expecting it and Coach Helton told me he wasn’t expecting it either. It was really all Coach Sarkisian. It was his decision on whether he liked me or not. He really liked me and decided to offer me.”

Fink is a different type of quarterback than USC has recruited the past few years. While the Trojans do have Jalen Greene on the roster as a dual-threat quarterback, the quarterabck USC has targeted have been pocket-passers.

“Coach Sarkisian said I was a different quarterback than the guys they have right now,” said Fink. “That’s what they like about me so much.

“I could totally see myself on the practice field doing all of the drills they were doing and then some. I think there are things I can do in terms of mobility that I could bring to the team.”

Fink, who ran a 4.79 SPARQ 40-yard dash at The Opening Regional, can beat you with his arm or legs.

Fink threw for 1,386 yards with 10 touchdowns against three interceptions last season. He carried the ball 75 times for 725 yards and 10 touchdowns as well.

While Saturday’s scholarship offer was big for Fink, he wants to take some time to let the news sink in before making any decisions on what college he will commit to.

“For one, (USC) is in Southern California,” said Fink. “That’s a major factor because it’s close and I love California and don’t want to leave California.

“I also like Coach Helton and have developed a good relationship with him. I also got a chance to sit down with Cody Kessler and he gave me some great advice on recruiting. He also gave me insight on USC and why he loves the school so much.

“The way he explained everything, it made me like the school even more. But the offer just came today and I need time to let it soak.

“I do want to make a commitment before the start of my senior season, so we’ll see how things play out.”

How things play out may have a lot to do with how other schools begin recruiting Fink going forward.
“I think this is definitely going to lead to more offers,” said Fink. “Just based on what happened today, a lot of other schools are going to be looking at me.

“SC is a well respected program and other schools base who they look at off of what USC is looking at. It could get overwhelming, so we’ll see what happens.”

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