After a mediocre season and off-season probation, many thought USC would take a step back in the recruiting world. However, the Trojans are reeling in a top five recruiting class according to rivals.com.
Lane Kiffin obviously is on his A-game.
So far, the Trojans have ten four-star commitments and two five-star commitments including the number one receiver in the country, George Farmer.
If there's one thing that Lane Kiffin does well, it's convincing high school seniors to come to whatever program he is coaching at. Many remember last season when Kiffin switched schools from Tennessee to USC, Kiffin then proceeded to convince some of his Tennessee commitments to switch with him to USC.
Most if not all of the Tennessee faithful threw up in their mouths when Kiffin told the Volunteers "We're leaving here 14 months later a lot better team than we were 14 months ago." Understandable, but Kiffin had a good point. At the end of last season, Tennessee discovered Kiffin-recruit quarterback Tyler Bray who could turn out to be a beast next year.
Still, it's amazing that Kiffin is able to recruit the way he does. Lets take a look at his resume.
2001: Kiffin hired on staff as USC Tight Ends Coach. During his time at USC, the Trojans won a National Title in 2004 and had two Heisman Trophy winners (Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush)
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2007: Kiffin hired as the Oakland Raiders Head Coach (overall record 5-15)
2008: Kiffin hired as Tennessee head coach (overall record 7-6)
2009: Kiffin hired as USC head coach (overall record 8-5)
So that's three head coaching jobs after 20 wins total. Kiffin is either a hypnotist, or the smoothest talker in sports.
Al Davis called Kiffin "a flat-out liar" after he was kicked out of Oakland. Whatever Kiffin's saying, he's got to be doing something right. Two prominent college football programs and an NFL franchise believed in him enough to hire him on.
Whatever his story may be, it doesn't change the fact that the Trojans are still on top of the recruiting world while still being on probation.
Kiffin has been accused for recruiting violations before. Hostesses, falsely accusing other coaches and possibly being part of the Reggie Bush scandal are all on the radar for Kiffin.
Whether he's cheating or finding loopholes, maybe the best part of Kiffin's game is local recruiting. 19 out of the 25 verbal commits to USC are from California. Give credit where it's due, Kiffin can find talent around him and attract it to his school.
It doesn't matter if you're a five-star receiver, an owner or athletic director, or an eighth grade quaterback phenom, Lane Kiffin will find you and use his Jedi mind tricks on you.
Happy Signing Day Week! Good luck to your school!