Two high-profile Orange County high school quarterbacks committed to USC said Monday they will wait and see whether Trojan Coach Paul Hackett and his assistants are retained before signing letters of intent in February.
"Right now, I'm 100% committed to them," said Mater Dei quarterback Matt Leinart, one of the nation's top recruits. "If Hackett or [offensive coordinator Hue] Jackson leaves, I don't know if I would change my mind, but I might explore other options. As of now, I'm still committed there."
Said Mission Viejo quarterback Billy Hart: "I'm going to play it out and see what happens."
USC, which won its first three games only to lose five in a row to open Pacific-10 Conference play, is off to its worst conference start in school history, and speculation about Hackett's job security has intensified with every defeat.
Leinart and Hart are two of three prominent county football players who have committed to USC. The other, Edison running back Darryl Poston, could not be reached for comment.