January 16, 2010

Recruiting Special: Trojans Transition

In three weeks, USC head coach Lane Kiffin will introduce the Trojans class of 2010, but before the fax machines can begin printing, the new coaching staff must begin recruiting.

With that coaching staff in a transitional phase, efficiency is imperative.

Lane Kiffin, Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron are now officially employed by the university, while Todd McNair, Pat Ruel, John Morton, Jethro Franklin, Rocky Seto and Brennan Carroll remain on the staff in some compactly. With a class of eight four-star and three five-star commitments at stake, current information must be utilized to execute new recruiting strategies.

First, USC must solidify its current class of 14 verbal commitments. Fortunately for the new staff, USC is USC. The name recruits itself, and few of the 14 commitments have seriously wavered over the past week. San Diego (Calif.) five-star athlete Dillon Baxter is the only USC commit among the Rivals100 the is still on the fence about his pledge.

The group of coaches watching over Heritage Hall must get credit for keeping so many current recruits committed as Kiffin and company settle in. Former recruiting coordinator, Brennan Carroll, landed the commitment of Corona (Calif.) four-star cornerback Demetrius Wright in front of a national television audience at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl with no head coach in place.

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