New USC head coach Steve Sarkisian is hoping to bolster his staff with Arizona State’s recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Chip Long, according to FootballScoop.com.
Long has spent two seasons in Tempe and has earned accolades for both his coaching and recruiting.
Rivals named him one of the top recruiters in the Pac-12 for 2012.
As a tight ends coach, Long has been credited with generating Chris Coyle’s break out season in 2012. Coyle set a single-season school record in receptions by a tight end and just missed out on tying the record for touchdowns by a tight end. This year, Coye was third in the conference in yards per game.
Before heading west, Long coached tight ends and fullbacks at Illinois and Arkansas. With the Razorbacks, Long’s pupil D.J. Williams won the Mackey Award.
He has also coached wide receivers and quarterbacks in his career.
If he is hired Long will be the fifth coach added to Sarkisians staff, but the first one to be brought in from a school outside of Washington and USC.
As it stands, Sarkisian has locked in former Washington assistants Johnny Nansen, Keith Heyward and Peter Sirmon. He has also secured the services of current USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin.