By Rock Mayock 9:00 a.m. | It has been a busy Spring for Lane Kiffin and his coaching staff. Ironically their hectic schedules had little to do with on the practice field action. Kiffin has been quietly piecing together a truly phenomenal 2013 recruiting class.
As we learned during our review of USC’s Spring practice, the team will be fielding a roster loaded with talented underclassmen for their 2012 campaign. There will be deficiencies on the offensive side of the ball especially at an injury/transfer depleted running back corps as well as with a young O-Line. Kiffin must also start planning ahead for QB Matt Barkley’s departure to the NFL due to expiring eligibility as well as the almost certain departure of WR Robert Woods who will also be eligible for the draft upon completion of his Junior year. Therefore there are both immediate and pending imperatives to fill these needs. The good news is that Kiffin and the boys have filled these needs plus some by receiving strong verbal commits from marquee high school prospects.
During our review of UCLA’s search for a new head coach we explained why half the success of a college program is predicated upon the ability to hire capable assistants. One of the must crucial, yet overlooked, positions for any coaching staff are the recruiting coordinators. The recruiting coordinators are the pipeline that pumps in the talent and USC enjoys the benefit of having the two best recruiters, Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron, on their staff.
So what does this mean for USC? It means that NCAA scholarship reductions are essentially meaningless because USC is back. Kiffin has demonstrated that judiciously managing available scholarships and parting with high touted recruits is a necessity in the modern collegiate game. USC will dominate the Pac-12 South for the foreseeable future, they will contend for a BCS Championship in 2012 and wiill continue to be nationally viable through 2013. Bottom line, it’s good to be a Trojan.
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