USC commit DE Malik Dorton believes Lane Kiffin's firing will help the Trojans' in recruiting.
"Just talking to some other guys, it would open up a lot of possibilities with some highly rated recruits if Kiffin was gone," Dorton said. ESPN 300 athlete John "JuJu" Smith of Long Beach said, "I already knew it was coming, so it doesn't change anything until they [hire a new coach]." Adoree' Jackson, a five-star recruit from Gardena, Calif., echoed that sentiment: "I do not think it can affect my interest until I get a chance to talk to the new coach and USC's current staff." Four-star TE Bryce Dixon of Ventura, Calif., referred to the firing as a "tragedy" and said "hopefully SC chooses another great coach." One can picture Kiffin reading that quote and thinking, "Somebody thinks I'm a great coach?" ala Ben Stiller on the Tyra Banks Show in "Tropic Thunder." Mon, Sep 30, 2013 02:34:00 PM