This guy here appears to "know" everything about evaluating talent, but in all acutality he does not know jack ****!
Kiffin has not did it once, but twice make a recruit stray away from his commitment due to him being stuck in his ways, not giving the recruit a shot for the position they are inquiring about.
First it was Tajh Boyd a recruit out of Hampton, VA who at the time was ranked the #4 QB in the Nation by Scout.com. In 2009 during Boyd's recruitment process heading into Tennessee, where Kiffin would be the first year coach. Kiffin reportedly told Boyd that he would not fit into his Pro-style offense and that he should look elsewhere, unless he would be willing to make a positional switch. Boyd had showed flashes of what would be in store for Kiffin at the US Army All-American Game by snatching up the MVP trophy, but from the outcome of the recruiting class in February it was not good enough.
As of right now Boyd is doing Great, leading his Clemson Tigers to a 4-0 record over 4 straight ranked opponents in his first year as a starter. Boyd is currently in a foot-race to lead his team to a first ever ACC title under Dabo Swinney since 1988.
Now in 2011, Kiffin really went over the top by missing out on the biggest recruit that would have stepped foot on campus for him at USC, in DeAnthony Thomas. Everyone is very well aware of the Black Mamba and how much of a threat he is at all 5 positions he has played throughout his HS career. DeAnthony Thomas was ranked the #1 ATH by Scout.com.
During Thomas' whole recruiting process he made it known that he wanted to play RB, which should not have been a problem. Kiffin being Kiffin, decided on that once he landed Thomas in the recruitment he would keep him at CB. Since Kiffin denied him the opportunity to play RB, Thomas decommitted to sign a LOI with the University of Oregon, where Head Coach Chip Kelly made the promise of him being able to get looks at RB.
The whole irony of Kiffin missing out on Thomas is that, he has recently put it out that he is now converting his #1 Receiving recruit George Farmer to RB next season. The sad part about Thomas' situation is that USC was a dream school for him, because he is a hometown kid from Los Angeles.
There was no purpose in Kiffin running off Thomas if he needed a RB, so that goes into play of why I said he is the worst talent evaluator on the collegiate level right now.