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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Kiffin news conference highlights

By Pedro Moura

USC coach Lane Kiffin just stepped up to the mic, officially announcing the 2010 recruiting class for USC. Here are some highlights:

Comparing this year's recruiting adventure to last year's with Tennessee: "It was a lot harder then. We had to hit the ground running and figure it all out at that point."

When asked how hard it was in the middle of the day when UCLA received consecutive commitments from Dietrich Riley (La Canada, Calif./St. Francis) and Josh Shirley (Fontana, Calif./Kaiser): "Pretty easy, because I kept thinking about that left tackle that might be coming here later in the day."

On how USC's recruiting class measures up to others across the nation: "I can’t imagine there will be as many star players in any class as there will be in ours by the end of the day."

On junior college linebacker Glen Stanley (Thatcher, Ariz./Eastern Arizona JC): “This is someone who’s played before in Division I and will be able to help us. He was a little bit like Lofa [Tatupu]."

On the three — or four, depending on where you position Dillon Baxter — wide receiver recruits and their potential for playing in 2010: "We’ve done it before. Mike Williams came in and caught 81 balls as a true freshman, Dwayne Jarrett caught 55."

On signing fewer prospects than most top schools but still finishing near the top of most recruiting service rankings: "It’s a very powerful message to not sign that many kids in your class and still finish second in the nation."

More to come on the rest of USC's official signing announcements.