What they're saying, recruits react to firing

USC announced the firing of Lane Kiffin early Sunday morning, see what USC's top 2014 and 2015 recruits have to say about the situation...

2015 quarterback Ricky Town
Talked to the family of standout 2015 Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town. Town, a current Alabama commitment said they're definitely going to keep an eye on who the new coach at USC will be and what system will be implemented. USC was a school Town always liked growing up but the uncertainty with the current coaching situation caused the family to not really give the Trojans a serious look.

2015 cornerback Stanley Norman
Norman said the firing of Kiffin was a good thing and ended all the confusion about 'who will be the next USC coach.' Said he's hopeful USC can turn their season around and then with the right hire, they can go back to being where they belong. Said he has already talked to a handful of recruits in the SoCal area and everyone was excited about the new direction.

2015 receiver Cordell Broadus
Broadus was anything but diplomatic, said he felt Kiffin should have been fired a while ago and feels USC is now going to take a big jump in the next year with a new staff. He said he's 'very' anxious to see who USC brings on board and this move is definitely a big plus for him moving forward. Also said his choice for new coach would be Steve Sarkisian, current coach at UW.

2015 cornerback Iman Marshall
Marshall, who grew up a die hard USC fan was pretty diplomatic about the firing. Said it was time and it does remove some of the uncertainty with the program moving forward. He added that USC is still USC and was built on decades of being a great program so the firing really doesn't affect him. He said he's anxious to see who is hired and is looking forward to meeting the new staff and seeing how he meshes with them. He's also hopeful Tee Martin and Ed Orgeron are retained.

2014 USC commit Jordan Austin
"I have been reassured that nothing has changed between USC and me from any other aspect than Kiffin being relieved," said Austin. "I am loyal to the school that I am committed to. It would be irrational for me to make any hasty decisions on an obscure event that happened a few hours ago."

2014 USC commit Toa Lobendahn
Toa said he might decide to take a few official visits now but remains committed to USC. I think this will be the reaction of just about every commit, they committed to USC as much to the school and the program as they did because Lane Kiffin was the head coach. A few will take visits but as long as they keep Ed Orgeron and Tee Martin around, they should be fine. Toa said he hasn't been hit up by any other schools since the firing but of course it just happened less than 24 hours ago.

2014 USC commit D.J. Calhoun
From his father Derik- D.J. is going to take his visits, like he had said two weeks ago, so nothing has changed there. They're going to meet as a family to discuss what is next. He is open to talking with other schools but he has NOT decommitted from USC.

2014 USC commit Malik Dorton
Dorton said he remains committed to USC and is anxious to find out who the next head coach will be. Said he also believes his teammates Damien Mama and Jaleel Wadood will want to see who the new head coach is as well before moving on and added the USC name is still big in the eyes of all the local recruits.

2016 linebacker De'le Harding
"I was actually surprised to hear he was fired. To be honest, I'm kinda sad to see him go. He'll surely be missed. I thought he was a great coach. But right now I just can focus on my season."

Brandon Huffman, Greg Biggins, Brian Dohn, Lindsey Thiry contributed to this article.

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