The Steve Sarkisian hiring spree continued on Thursday.
According to reports, Huskies linebackers coach Peter Sirmon is the next to join Sarkisian’s staff at USC. Sirmon previously worked with Husky defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in Tennessee, whom remains a Sarkisian target.
Prior to coaching at Tennessee, Sirmon served as a graduate assistant in 2009 at his alma mater Oregon, helping them claim a Pac-10 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
According to Greg Biggins of Fox Sports/Scout.com, Sirmon is an energetic coach and recruiter.
To date, Sarkisian has brought three assistants with him from Washington, and that number could eventually rise to five before the dust settles.
Hiring Sirmon continues the trend, whether purposely or not, of Sarkisian aiming for a “younger” staff.
Keith Heyward, Martin, Johnny Nansen, and Sirmon are all under the age of 40.
Along with Sarkisian, Martin and Sirmon are also renowned for being dogged recruiters.
Sirmon’s most important recruit may be redshirt junior Hayes Pullard has yet to rule out a return for his senior season.
Sirmon’s arrival likely ends current Trojan linebackers coach Mike Ekeler’s brief one-year tenure with USC. It isn’t immediately known if Ekeler will remain with the team for a potential bowl game.