USC, Sarkisian Unable to Pry Adrian Klemm Away from UCLA

It’s been quite the tit for tat week in Los Angeles, following UCLA’s 35-14 dismantling of the Trojans on Saturday. USC hired Steve Sarkisian on Monday, Jim Mora was extended at UCLA on Tuesday and all hell broke loose on Wednesday. The Bruins signed Kennedy Polamalu to coaching running backs, while the Trojans began a staff poach of Washington, creating an arms race.

Thursday night however, the Bruins notched another major victory, by securing the employment of offensive line coach and running game coordinator Adrian Klemm. According to a source of Lindsey Thiry at FOX Sports, the Trojans were unsuccessful in trying to steal away one of the Bruins’ most-prized assistants.

Klemm not only has the role of running game coordinator and offensive line coach, but he’s arguably UCLA’s biggest recruiter.

The 31-year-old is assigned three major recruiting regions by recruiting coordinator Angus McClure and head coach Jim Mora: Los Angeles’s South Bay region, Dallas and Atlanta.

Klemm’s first go around as a coach came at SMU, where he was an offensive line coach from 2009 to 2011. Had the Trojans found a way to land Klemm, he would have gotten the Trojans into a region that they haven’t recruited particularly well of late: Texas.

While at UCLA, Klemm’s been credited with a couple of big pulls out of the state of Texas, including former USC commit Eldridge Massington and offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch. Of the Bruins’ starting offensive line at the moment, four of the five were recruited by Klemm.

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