Changing the game: Robert Woods 

January, 21, 2013
Emerging as the most crucial piece in Lane Kiffin’s first recruiting class at USC, Robert Woods lit it up on the field, opening a wide receiver pipeline to Serra High School in the process.

[+] EnlargeRobert Woods
Jayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireRobert Woods became USC's all-time leader in receptions and opened a recruiting pipeline to Serra High School that paid more dividends.
When Lane Kiffin took the reins as head coach at USC in January 2010, there wasn’t a second to spare in his first days on the job. With signing day less than a month away, the immediate fate of the program potentially rested in his ability to keep the majority of the class that Pete Carroll had put together intact.

But for Woods -- the top-ranked wide receiver prospect that year -- no special coaxing was needed. A lifelong Trojans fan who had given a verbal pledge to Carroll in August 2009, the Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver never wavered for a second, telling everyone around him that he had committed with the idea of the program itself in mind, rather than any one coach.