Glendora (Calif.) quarterback Matt Fink committed to USC in unassuming fashion.
After announcing his decision to commit to USC via Twitter, Fink sidestepped
interviews and went about his day. It’s not that Fink doesn’t like the
media — he just doesn’t like the hype, attention and distraction
created in the wake of recruiting.
“I was tired of the recruiting process as soon as it began,” said Fink.
“It was overwhelming from the beginning.
“It’s a good problem to have, as people say, but it’s stressful and I
was over it from the start. As soon as I made my decision, I felt like
it was a weight off my back. I’m not thinking about it anymore and now
I can just go out, practice and get better.
“I’m done with recruiting. SC is my choice, fight on.”
Normally, any USC quarterback commit taking part in a big football
event arrives with headlines and accolades paving a path to the field
like rose petals for a king.
At the Steve Clarkson Trendsetters this past weekend, Fink arrived with
as many questions paving his path as honors. It was Fink’s first big
off season event since The Opening Regional in March, and one of the
only quarterback exclusive events he has ever attended.
“Matt is very athletic,” said Clarkson. “He’s very accurate, and I
think he still has to grow into his body, which gives him a lot of
“I know in talking to Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian) you put him on film
and he’s a playmaker. He reminds me of a right handed Steve Young. His
ability to improvise and make something out of nothing is his forte.
“Matt has great anticipation and is exceptional in taking something
that is bad and turning it into a positive. He can extend plays and has
a good feel for when to throw the ball and where to throw it. That’s
his biggest asset.
“I look for great things from him.”
Coming from the quarterback guru himself, Fink indeed earned his place
among the nation’s best signal-callers at the Trendsetters Camp.
“I think a lot of the things he does, he does naturally,” said
Clarkson. “He’s probably played multiple sports to get him to that
“When you see a guy that’s adapt at being very quick and agile, he’s
cross-training a lot and developing those skills in multiple sports.
You see that especially on film with Matt. He hasn’t had a lot of
coaching in this setting, so here, he’s just trying to feel his way
“Right now, he’s just trying to get a feel for the other guys and the
routine. He really just needs to get comfortable with the drills and
what’s being asked of him.”
Without a lot of quarterback specific training or tutelage, Fink did
well just riffing on that natural ability.
“Like I said before, he has a lot of upside,” said Clarkson. “He’s
doing these things without working with somebody throughout, so when he
gets to USC, they’re going to do a good job coaching him up.
“For what he does and with what Sark is implementing over at USC with
that offense, I think it’s a great fit.”
Fink obviously agrees by way of his verbal commitment to the Trojans
just a few weeks ago.
“I really like Coach (Clay) Helton and we’ve become a lot closer as he
has gotten to know me,” said Fink. “A good relationship with a coaching
staff was really what I was looking for in a college.
“Coach Helton has always been the guy who likes the pocket-passer — the
pro-style quarterback. Coach Sarkisian is the one who is open to the
dual-threat quarterback. He was at Washington and recruited some of
those type of guys.
“With that being said, they’re going to come up with a plan together to
make sure my abilities shine in the offense.”
Those abilities include running an electronically timed 4.78 40-yard dash at The Opening Los Angeles, which equated to 725-yards rushing and 10 touchdowns as a junior.
Fink, who unofficially visited USC in April when he was offered a
scholarship by Steve Sarkisian personally, spoke to Trojans starting
quarterback Cody Kessler in-depth about the football program before
“What we talked about really influence my decision, and I texted him
when I made my decision,” said Fink. “I think him talking about the
family atmosphere at USC was big.
“He talked about the team being a tight-knit group. I felt like that
would help me a lot being in a a family, comfortable environment.”
Fink hopes to be ready to step on campus at USC in January.
“Yeah, I’ve talked to Coach Helton about it and we’re coming together
on a plan for me to graduate a semester early,” said Fink. “I just have
to figure out the best way to do it, but I want to hopefully be there
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