Trojans get Matt Fink

Glendora (Calif.) four-star quarterback Matt Fink selects USC over scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Cal, Washington, Colorado, Oregon State, Boston College and others Monday.

Glendora (Calif.) four-star quarterback Matt Fink seemed like a prospect destined to commit on the spot when he was offered a scholarship by USC.

However, Fink saw his scholarship offer by USC as an opportunity to cultivate even more college options. Monday afternoon, Fink decided his best option was already in front of him.

“I have committed to USC, “ confirmed Fink in a text message to USCFootball.com.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback is rated the nation’s No. 16 signal caller. He is the eighth commitment for USC in the 2016 class.

“I am now announcing that I have committed to the University of Southern California,” said Fink via Twitter. “I want to thank every coach that has put the time and effort into recruiting me. I truly think that I have now found the right school for me.”

Fink is a move a way from the tradition pocket passer USC has recruited in the past. Taking snaps from under center, in the shotgun and pistol, Fink runs the read option for Glendora High School with great effectiveness.

Fink ran the ball for 725-yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, gaining 10-yards a carry. Fink also had 1,386-yards passing with 10 scores through the air.

Fink, who ran a 4.79 SPARQ 40-yard dash at The Opening Regional, said upon being offered a scholarship by USC in March that his athleticism is what set him apart in USC’s eyes.

“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.”

When Fink unofficially visited USC in March, he spent time after spring practice with both Steve Sarkisian and Trojan quarterback Cody Kessler.

“For one, (USC) is in Southern California,” said Fink after being offered a scholarship in March. “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.”

According to Scout, Fink’s upside brings a new element to the quarterback position for USC.

“Fink has a good arm and good natural release with excellent mobility, one of the more mobile quarterbacks in the country in this class. He can run the read option well and get out in to the open field. He's got good arm strength, but needs to improve on his consistency and his accuracy as a passer. Still, the tools are there for a big-time quarterback.”

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