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USC Coaching Staff: Grading the Peter Sirmon Hire

Like several other assistant coaches, Peter Sirmon made the jump from Washington to USC with Steve Sarkisian.

Sirmon joined Sarkisian and the Huskies as the linebackers coach in 2012 after coaching linebackers at Tennessee in 2011.

In 2013, Sirmon was anointed the Huskies’ recruiting coordinator title.

With the Trojans, Sirmon holds the titles of linebackers coach, recruiting coordinator and associate head coach – defense.

The 35-year-old Sirmon was called an energetic coach and recruiter by Greg Biggins of

Sirmon’s ability to recruit was quickly put to the test as he has presumably was part of the contingent that attempted to convince Hayes Pullard to return for his senior season.

Pullard announced via Twitter on Jan. 13 that he decided to extend his career at USC.

Pullard led the Trojans with 94 tackles in 2013 and losing him would have meant the Trojans would enter 2014 without their top-two tacklers from the linebacker positions in Pullard and Devon Kennard.

In 2013, the Huskies defense was led by a trio of linebackers who each had over 75 tackles.  The group was spearheaded by Princeton Fuimano, who had 80 tackles on the season.

Sirmon replaces Mike Ekeler, who was only with the Trojans for one season.

Final Grade: B

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