It seems that Southern Cal’s problems are now rippling to other schools.
ESPN’s Joe Schad reported Friday night that USC true freshman running back Dillon Baxter told the school’s director of compliance that five schools have illegally contacted him since the NCAA’s rulings on USC penalties.
In a letter written by USC director of compliance Matt Billings to Pac-10 Associate Commissioner for Governance and Enforcement Ron Barker, the five schools listed were Florida, Washington, Oregon, Fresno State and Alabama, according to ESPN.
Part of the letter stated that Billings, “just met with [Baxter], and he told me that he received phone calls from five institutions [June 10th]. All of the institutions asked if he was interested in transferring from USC due to the NCAA decision. Would you please speak with these schools to remind them they cannot speak to this student athlete?”
When asked about the allegations, Florida spokesman Steve McClain told The Sun that UF denies the accusation. Oregon coach Chip Kelly also told ESPN that neither he nor anyone at Oregon had contacted Baxter.
If the allegations prove to be true, it would be considered a secondary violation.
Baxter, a five-star recruit from San Diego Mission Bay, was recruited by most schools in the country and has been compared to former USC running back Reggie Bush. As a junior, he rushed for 1,250 yards and 16 touchdowns, while passing for 1,300 yards and 11 scores. He also had 11 receptions for 150 yards and four touchdowns.