Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Early Offer: Just another manic Monday
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Maybe the Bangles knew what they were talking about when they sang about how Mondays can be manic. The news that USC had hired Washington coach Steve Sarkisian shook up the recruiting world from coast to coast, and it’s just the first major bombshell that college football’s silly season will produce.
Steve Sarkisian's West Coast roots should be a recruiting help for USC.
Sarkisian should succeed From a recruiting standpoint, USC will be in very good shape with Steve Sarkisian in charge. Sarkisian has deep Southern California roots from his time as a star quarterback at West Torrance High and El Camino College, plus he was also on Pete Carroll’s USC staff. Sarkisian made the Southland a major priority at UDub, and coaches throughout the area speak think highly of him. “As much as many of us wanted coach [Ed] Orgeron to get the job, this is about as big of a slam dunk as USC could get,” one respected Los Angeles high school coach said. “The coaches all know him well, and if he brings any of his assistants with him, then they could really clean up.”
Recruits also like the hire While media reaction about Sarkisian’s hire has been decidedly mixed, feedback from recruits has been anything but. Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), the nation's No. 7 overall recruit, was a big fan of the decision. "It's great for USC," Jackson told RecruitingNation’s Blair Angulo. "Coach Sark is like coach O [Ed Orgeron] from a recruiting standpoint in that he's energetic and is fun to chat with.” Four-star athlete Jaleel Wadood, an ESPN 300 prospect and former Cal commit who is now looking at UCLA and USC, shared Jackson’s excitement. “It's a great hire for USC, and it has an effect on the recruits from Southern California,” Wadood, the No. 38 athlete from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, said. “Coach Sark was a big reason why I'm considering the Huskies."
In other news Some other major recruiting headlines got lost in the shuffle: Alabama added another piece to its No. 1 class with the addition of No. 22 ranked Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville). Jones, the No. 2 safety, picked the Tide over LSU. Arkansas landed a major recruiting victory Monday when 2015 four-star defensive tackle prospect Hjalte Froholdt picked the Hogs over Michigan and Florida State.