Woof. Err, Fight On. Steve Sarkisian has gotten his first commitment to USC since taking the head coach job on Monday, and it comes in the form of current wide receivers coach Tee Martin.
Word came out on Wednesday night from multiple fronts in the USC media that Martin would be staying on the staff under Sarkisian.
Current USC receivers coach Tee Martin will remain on Steve Sarkisian’s USC staff, http://t.co/QrxRDPY6fY
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) December 5, 2013
The move is a big one for Sarkisian and USC, as the program looks to keep the continuity on the recruiting front, where Martin was arguably the most valuable.
Under Lane Kiffin, Martin was in charge of certain regions within the SEC footprint, including the northern states like Tennessee and Kentucky. That region was opened up further when Monte Kiffin left last season. He’s also been pivotal in recruiting local products like St. John Bosco’s Shay Fields.
The Trojans have had success with Martin on the staff, highlighted by the Biletnikoff Award victory of Marqise Lee in 2012. It was also Martin that played a role in the recruiting and rise of wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Lee is expected to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, but Agholor will anchor the receiving crops in 2014.
Last year, Martin was rumored to go to Tennessee to join Butch Jones’s staff, but ultimately declined despite interviewing in Knoxville.
Sarkisian now has one staffer in the bag and will need to find coordinators on each side, assuming that Martin stays as a position coach of either running backs or quarterbacks.
Washington defense coordinator Justin Wilcox appears to be the favorite for the position of DC, should Sarkisian decide to move away from current DC Clancy Pendergast.