A few months ago Dillon Baxter transferred out of USC because of academic and personal issues that had put him squarely in coach Lane Kiffin’s doghouse. Now the once-heralded recruit is enrolled at San Diego State and, once again, is said to be having issues on his new campus.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported on Monday that the running back was already having “punctuality issues” at SDSU, and now this report claims Baxter is taking care of personal and academic problems and will miss spring practice. Anyone else think he’s spending far too much time in an online casino?
Aztecs’ head coach Rocky Long refused to comment specifically on the story but did confirm that Baxter was working on “a variety of” issues that have come up since his transfer in January.
Long issued the following vague quote about Baxter:
“He’s still associated with the team. But I don’t expect him back until maybe fall camp. He’s not going to participate in spring practice.”
Baxter enrolled early to participate in spring practice as a freshman at USC and caused quite a stir with his moves and ability running the ball. He was the 17th ranked player and top running back in the 2010 recruiting class according to Rivals and much was expected from him.
But over the next year and a half he worked himself out of the team’s running back picture thanks to a bad attitude. According to our sources Baxter was also a serious problem in the locker room.
He had just nine carries for 29 yards, and three receptions for one yard before being kicked off the team this past season.
Baxter might get things figured out, but if he does it might be tough for profits for US Gambling in 2012.