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USC football: Ed Orgeron selected national recruiter of the year

February 3, 2011 |  2:58 pm

USC's highly regarded 2011 recruiting class has focused attention on Trojans recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron.

Orgeron was selected Thursday as national recruiter of the year by

USC took advantage of a stay in its appeal of NCAA sanctions to sign 22 players. Coupled with the eight that enrolled in January and count against the 2010 class, USC's roster grew by 30. That is a huge influx with the possibility that sanctions could take effect in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Orgeron, who also coaches USC's defensive line, also was listed this month in ESPN The Magazine as a "Five-Star" recruiter.

Orgeron was third behind Pat Henry, who coaches men's and women's cross-country and indoor and outdoor track for Texas A&M, and North Carolina women's soccer Coach Anson Dorrance.

Orgeron was described as a "fearless recruiter who can connect with anybody. A few he's hit it off with over the years: Warren Sapp, Matt Leinart, Michael Oher."

--Gary Klein