USC Coach Lane Kiffin focuses on recruiting quality at ‘closing time’

The new USC coach appears likely to retain most of the prospects former coach Pete Carroll was recruiting, in a class that is expected to be long on talent if short on quantity.

With national signing day for high school recruits less than 12 hours away, USC Coach Lane Kiffin on Tuesday hastily sat for his media guide portrait in the lobby of Heritage Hall.

Total time with photographer: Less than 30 seconds.

“Every place I’m at for a minute may be a missed call,” Kiffin said as he hustled upstairs to his office. “It’s closing time.”

Six seasons as a USC assistant and one as head coach at Tennessee have made Kiffin cognizant of the importance of finishing recruiting seasons strong.

Kiffin helped build USC into a recruiting juggernaut in the first half of the last decade, and he was on his way to doing the same at Tennessee.