Lane Kiffin Not Even the Best Recruiter in His Own Family

Ian Berg@@ShugJordanPkwyCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Head Coach Lane Kiffin waits before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Lane Kiffin is a highly regarded recruiter, but his close to the 2013 class was very lackluster. He lost a number of key players at the end of the process to other schools, and closed with only 12 players in the class. It was a talented group, but there was a lot of disappointment on signing day. 

Little did we all know, his younger brother Chris Kiffin was putting together an award winning class for the Ole Miss Rebels. The other Kiffin walked away with the Scout/FoxSportsNext Recruiter of the Year award for his efforts.   

Little brother Chris just took over as the best Kiffin on the recruiting trail. 

While the Kiffins in L.A. may have been a bit downtrodden after the soft close to the recruiting season, the ones that live in Oxford, Miss. were celebrating the best recruiting haul in Ole Miss Football history. 

In case you missed it, Ole Miss pulled in the No. 6 overall recruiting class in the country this cycle according to the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. The class included four consensus 5-star recruits, and has the No. 1 player in the country as the headliner. 

According to the release Kiffin was the lead recruiter for Robert Nkemdiche (No. 1 SDE), Laremy Tunsil (No. 1 OT), Anotnio Conner (No. 5 S) and Laquon Treadwell (No. 1 WR). 

There has never been this amount of talent on the sideline at Ole Miss, and it is marking a turnaround for the Rebels program under second year head coach Hugh Freeze. 

Early in the recruiting cycle it appeared that USC was the runaway No. 1 class. As time progressed the Trojans lost a few star commitments, and once heavy leans decided to take their skills elsewhere. 

It is easy to recruit to Southern Cal. The school is rich in winning tradition, it always seems to start the year in the Top Ten and it is based in L.A.

Ole Miss struggles to survive an eight game SEC schedule and it is in Oxford, Miss. Oxford is nice, but it is no Los Angeles.

The job that Chris Kiffin was able to do for the Rebels not only landed him a major recruiting award, it also handed him the keys to the Kiffin college football recruiting empire. The younger Kiffin is now on the radar as a rising star in the game.