USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward is heading up the search for a new linebackers. A source said Wednesday night Ward was interested in Arkansas linebacker coach Reggie Johnson. But Johnson is expected to be named the defensive coordinator at UAB where the new head coach is former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee.
The source said Ward currently is compiling a list of candidates and starting the review process. Among those being considered is former Clemson offensive lineman and assistant coach Ron West.
West just completed his second season as linebackers coach at Illinois. He was at Clemson for ten seasons before joining the Tulsa staff for the 2009 season. West is a 1979 graduate of Clemson.
West has recruited the state of South Carolina for several seasons and also has strong recruiting ties in Georgia.