So far, so good for Lane Kiffin

When Pete Carroll left USC on January 11 to become the next head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Southern California athletic director Mike Garrett knew he needed to act fast. Not just because he needed to get a new head coach in place for the 2010 season, but because he needed to save this year’s recruiting class as well.

After hiring former University of Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin, it looks like USC is back on track.

Kiffin and his staff wasted no time making sure Carroll’s 2010 incoming class would remain intact. With the announcement Tuesday night that four-star prospect Dillon Baxter (San Diego, CA) would follow through on his commitment to Southern Cal, Kiffin has now held on to all 14 high school recruits that Pete Carroll and his staff locked down before he jumped ship to Seattle.

And as if that wasn’t enough, it looks like Kiffin is ready to add to a class already loaded with talent.

Reports out of Florida indicate that five-star safety Demar Dorsey (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)-who had said earlier this week that he was heading to Gainesville to play for Urban Meyer and the Gators-no longer plans on taking an official visit to the University of Florida, according to Edward Aschoff of the Gainesville Sun.

Instead, Dorsey plans to visit USC.

Whether Dorsey commits to the Trojans or not, it doesn’t change the fact that Lane Kiffin is getting the job done in Southern California. The fact that he was able to hold on to an entire class of high school players secured by legendary recruiter Pete Carroll shows that to this point, Garrett made the right move in bringing Kiffin on board.

Now, the question becomes whether or not Kiffin can take this talent and turn it into a winner on the field.

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