2015 Phenom David Sills
David Sills
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 20, 2010


David Sills shocked the country on February 5th, 2010 when he gave USC his verbal commitment as a 7th grader and since then his situation has been the topic of discussion around the country. On Friday night, Scout.com went out to see him play in person as he’s an 8th grade varsity starter and the hype is certainly warranted.

Every year Interboro High School puts an extremely tough team on the football field. They are a Class AAA powerhouse that is a sure thing to be in the playoffs every year and for David Sills, the 8th grader who is already bound for USC in 2015, the Bucs were to be a true test on Friday night on South Avenue. As things turned out however, the 6-foot-1, 160-pound signal caller from Red Lion Christian Academy was more than ready for his test.

Scout.com was on the scene to see Sills throw his first career touchdown pass, a beautiful 74-yard bomb off a pump-fake to wide receiver Jahmere Irvin (other news outlets are incorrectly reporting that it was Hakeem Harriott) and that pass put Red Lion in the lead for good. The story book of that first touchdown pass is certainly that Irvin in fact lives will the Sills family which I am sure was special for them.

Sills ended up 7 for 14 for 204 yards and three touchdowns by our count in the game, but his completion percentage is very misleading. One of the things he is already doing is throwing to spots on timing routes and a few times in the game the ball was already there for his receivers as they broke out of their routes, so naturally there were some drops. It’s going to take those players a while to get used to a quarterback throwing to spots like that. When you’re quarterback is throwing the ball to you while you have your back turned to him at the high school level, it’s a lot different than it would be for a seasoned receiver in college or at the professional level.

This is where Sills proved he was worth the hype. He showed very good arm strength, he had pin-point accuracy and he threw to spots all game. His timing hitting his receivers as they broke the stem of their routes was great and the only mistake we saw him make was an interception he threw late in the game that was negated on a penalty. The 8th grader looked like a seasoned starter, not a wet behind the ears rookie. Sills was as cool off the field as he was on the field and after the game we had the chance to speak with him for a few minutes about the Trojans and his night.

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