Does Kiffin's move help WSU cause with DT?

DAVID MAHONEY, a JUCO defensive tackle prospect with upwards of 15 offers out of Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., has taken his last official visit. So what's to come before his recruiting process is complete? How close is he to making a decision? And how does the news Lane Kiffin, his d-coordinator and d-line coach are one-and-done at Tennessee affect his decision making process?

Mahoney (6-2, 285, 4.9) has an in-home planned for next week with Washington State head man Paul Wulff.

"I really like Washington State and their coaches. I really see them in the top two. I need to see the head coach and have my parents meet him because they haven't met yet," said Mahoney.

Late Tuesday afternoon, just a few hours ago, though there still remained the potential issue with some junior college classes possibly not transferring to Tennessee, the Vols remained a slight leader for Mahoney. But that all changed when late news broke yesterday that Lane Kiffin, along with d-coordinator Monte Kiffin and d-line coach Ed Orgeron, were leaving Tennessee for USC.

"For sure, they're not leading anymore," said Mahoney of Tennessee. "I was thinking about going there because of the coaching staff. Now that the coaching staff is no longer there, they're not leading anymore."

MAHONEY SAID THAT even were USC to offer, now with Kiffin at the helm, the Trojans wouldn't occupy his leader spot as Tennessee once did.

"I was shocked, it was kind of weird that they would pick up and leave," said Mahoney. "I really don't have a reaction to it because I feel I'm probably not a priority to them anymore, at USC they still have depth at d-line and talent coming in this year..They never called me so I had to find out about it from other people. "I like that they're going to 'SC and that's probably a big thing for them. But even if they offered me there, I'd still have to really look into the depth chart and all that stuff."

SO WHERE DO things go from here? The in-home visits next week look to be key.

"It's all kinda up for grabs. When the head coaches come around (for in-homes), that should put one in the lead over everyone else," said Mahoney.

IN ADDITION TO Washington State and Wulff, Mahoney said the head coach from Florida International and others were expected to sit down with him and his parents next week. Kiffin was also supposed to come out with Orgeron representing Tennessee but that's obviously no longer the case.

If everything falls into place, Mahoney said he may well have his decision shortly after the in-homes wrap up.

"Everything is going great. I should know where I'm going by... next week. I want to sit down with my parents, make sure everything is great with them and how they're thinking about things," said Mahoney.

MAHONEY VISITED FIU this past weekend for his last official visit -- previous trips were to Washington State, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Arizona State. He said the FIU visit was a good one.

"At FIU, I had fun, I learned a lot about them and saw things I didn't expect to see...I'm hearing most from Washington State and FIU. Tennessee, I (had) heard a lot from them too but those two the most... FIU off of this last visit stood out to me because of the facilities they have, the academic program and the opportunity to play, which is big for me," said Mahoney.

Mahoney this past season posted 35 tackles, eight sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss while playing at various spots up and down the Pierce defensive line. He has three to play two at the next level.

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