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Early Offer: USC builds all-star staff

12/6/2013

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Friday's offerings: The battle for the top prospects in the West is going to be fierce, but USC coach Steve Sarkisian is doing all he can to make sure the Trojans have some of the nation’s best recruiters on his staff; a major winter storm could hinder the official visit plans of many teams across the country this weekend; and are the Sooners about to steal an in-state recruit away from LSU?

Trojans add ace recruiter

Sarkisian will have to assemble an all-star staff if he wants to win the recruiting wars in the West. So far that’s exactly what he’s doing. After Tee Martin announced Wednesday night he was sticking around as an assistant for the Trojans, the school announced Thursday that Washington linebackers coach Peter Sirmon would join the staff. Sirmon is considered one of the best position coaches in the Pac 12, but he’s also well respected as a recruiter. I visited with him a few weeks back for a story about Husky recruiting efforts, and I instantly can tell he why recruits gravitate toward him. He’s very charismatic and should be an excellent fit for the Trojans. It will be interesting to see if USC also can land Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi. Both reportedly have large buyouts from Washington, but Sirmon, Wilcox and Lupoi are close friends and often go on the road with each other to recruit.

Ahead of the storm

Winter Storm Cleon, the third named winter storm of the 2013-2014 season, is wreaking havoc across the Southern Plans to the Ohio Valley and will have an impact on what is one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year. Some schools across the region have pushed back some scheduled official visits for Friday-Sunday, and some have even tried to beat the storm by bringing prospects in early. One of those schools was Arkansas, who flew in ESPN 300 safety prospect C.J. Hampton for his official visit on Thursday instead of Friday. Hampton, an Ole Miss commitment who ranks as the No. 8 safety, has continued to look at other schools such as Florida State, Alabama, Miami and Arkansas.

Sooners about to flip LSU commit?

Publically ESPN 300 defensive end Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla./Douglass) has maintained he’s still committed to LSU, but multiple sources behind the scenes are suggesting something different. One coaching contact indicated he believes Clark, the nation’s No. 298 player and No. 26 defensive end, is about to flip his commitment to Oklahoma because of the stellar efforts of Sooners assistant Jerry Montgomery. Another source said he believes he was about “95-percent sure” Clark was going to flip.