The fallout of Clay Helton's departure from the Trojans is already starting to show.
No. 13 UCLA football sent a scholarship offer to class of 2022 quarterback Devin Brown on Wednesday. Brown has been committed to USC since September 2020, but with the Trojans firing Helton on Monday, there are likely going to be some recruits who leave along with the coach who drew them there to begin with.
Ole Miss has also offered Brown since Helton's firing.
The 6-foot-3, 189-pound signal-caller from Corner Canyon High School (UT) is the unanimous No. 1 recruit in Utah.
Brown appeared at the Elite 11 Finals quarterback camp in July, where he told All Trojans his recruitment was 100% closed.
"I'm all in. I'm not going anywhere else," Brown said. "No visits, nothing, [I'm] not talking to any other coaches."
Since then, Helton has been axed and Brown seems to have changed his stance. Hours after Helton was fired, he tweeted out a brief thank you to the now-former USC coach.
While Brown has not officially decommitted, Brown's next two tweets were offers from other schools.
Brown previously attended Queen Creek High School (AZ), where he posted 18 touchdowns and 1,761 yards in nine games last spring, but he transferred to Corner Canyon in the offseason. Corner Canyon is the same school current USC freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart attended.
In his debut at Corner Canyon last month, Brown tossed eight touchdowns. Through five games, Brown has 21 touchdowns, 1,651 yards and a 70.8% completion percentage in addition to 144 yards and two scores on the ground.
Brown is a four-star pro-style quarterback according to the 247Sports Composite, Rivals and ESPN. All three outlets have him ranked inside the top 100 overall recruits in the country, and although Brown did not make the Preseason SI99 Football Prospect Rankings in August, he placed No. 16 on SI All-American's quarterbacks watch list.
Here is what John Garcia Jr. and Bryan Driskell had to say about Brown at the time:
Evaluating and placing Brown was a bit challenging due to the difference between what he showed on film and what he showed this spring and summer at various camps. Brown is a fundamentally sound quarterback that shows a good feel for the game. He has a quick release and his ball placement on short to intermediate throws impresses, which makes him an ideal fit for the USC Air Raid offense. He makes good decisions and as he gets more experience I expect to see him throw with better timing and anticipation.
That accuracy and those clean pocket fundamentals helped Brown thrive at the recent Elite 11 finals. Brown finished as the fourth best quarterback at the event in the SI All-American rankings, and his accuracy and consistency were keys to that success. Brown shows excellent touch on film and that was also on display in Los Angeles.
What drags down Brown’s grade is his lack of top-level arm talent, average athleticism and the fact he lacks the physical tools to project to the next level as well as other players. Brown has to muscle up deep throws that require less trajectory and his deep balls tend to hang up a bit.
The 247Sports Composite pegs Brown as the No. 8 quarterback in the country, while Rivals and ESPN have him at No. 4.
UCLA does not have a commitment from a class of 2022 quarterback as of Wednesday. Cal commit Justyn Martin and recent Baylor decommit Zach Pyron have been the two quarterbacks the Bruins have been pursuing the most over the past few weeks, but now Brown can be added to that short list.
First-year quarterbacks coach Ryan Gunderson has been tasked with recruiting Brown.