It has been a busy day in recruiting for USC with the commitment of JUCO defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson earlier today, and now the news that Bakersfield (CA) Liberty High School OL/DL standout Cody Temple will be a Trojan.
“I have always looked into USC. The last couple of years USC has been on the top of my list, no matter if they offered or not,” Temple said. “Everything was just a fit. It was what I wanted: the school, the history, the people, the players, the background and coaches.”
Temple called the USC coaches on Thursday morning, and got the news that that they were extending him a scholarship offer, and he committed on the spot.
“I called (John) Baxter this morning and I started talking to him, then he put me on the phone with Kiffin and they offered, and I jumped in right away,” he said.
Temple got an up close look at what it would be like to play for USC, when he took an unofficial visit last week for the Trojans’ 34-33 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils.
“It was big. I didn’t think there would be that many people. The Coliseum is amazing and the fans are amazing,” he said. “There were a lot of diehard fans. I have seen other college games before but the speed was just so much faster.”
The 6-3, 285-pound lineman plays on both sides of the ball for his high school team, but is being recruited as offensive linemen by the Trojans, and will likely play guard or center on the college level.
A three-star prospect, Temple only started playing offensive line in his junior season, but has proven to be a quick study with good athleticism and a lot of upside.
“I just kind of went off of instincts and just kept progressing,” Temple said of his transition to the line. “My dad and my coach have been doing a lot of work on it. I still have a lot of learning to do for offensive line.”
Temple gives USC their second offensive line commitment in the 2011 class, which is a position of need. Crenshaw’s Marcus Martin is the other offensive lineman currently committed to USC.
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