Steps to right the ship

With defensive coordinator taken care of, Kiffin has to bring recruits, physicality

Updated: January 21, 2013, 6:50 PM ET
By Garry Paskwietz | WeAreSC
LOS ANGELES -- There are a lot of balls in the air for Lane Kiffin these days as he juggles the process of attempting to right the USC football ship.

Two recent events were critical: the hiring of a defensive coordinator and a big recruiting weekend that featured plenty of top prospects. The hiring of Clancy Pendergast leading into the weekend was a key timing issue for Kiffin as the defensive recruits on the trip were anxious to meet and spent time with their prospective coordinator.

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Chris Morrison/US PRESSWIREUSC's defensive recruits seemed to be pretty happy about the hiring of defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
In addition to uncommitted targets such as five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) there were also players who had pledged to the Trojans in town such as linebacker Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) who had questions about the new scheme and their potential role.

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