Trojans Going Big in 2012

Max Tuerk

It has been said over and over again, this is the year of the big men on the West Coast, thanks to a tremendous group of offensive line and the USC Trojans look to be on the verge of capitalizing on the large amount of talent.

It has been said over and over again, this is the year of the big men on the West Coast, thanks to a tremendous group of offensive line and the USC Trojans look to be on the verge of capitalizing on the large amount of talent.

Not during any time in recent memory has the West Coast produced a group as deep and talented as the current crop that includes: Arik Armstead, Kyle Murphy, Isaac Seumalo, Joshua Garnett, Andrus Peat, Jordan Simmons, Ronnie Stanley, Zach Banner, Erik Magnuson and Max Tuerk.

For a quick example of just how good 2012 has been for offensive linemen, look over the Final Scout West 150 and you will notice that of the Top 20 players on the West Coast, half of them are offensive linemen.

And it just so happens that USC is in the market for some big men upfront, so it appears that the rich will be getting richer.

The Trojans have already added mid-year signee Chad Wheeler and have verbal commitments from Jordan Simmons and Max Tuerk, two of the Golden State's top linemen.

"Max Tuerk and Jordan Simmons are guys talented enough to play tackle, but they are also elite level offensive guards," Scout's Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy said. "Tuerk and Simmons are further ahead of Marcus Martin last year and we saw what he was able to do for USC."

Securing the commitments of Wheeler, Simmons and Tuerk alone would make for a solid offensive line class, but it appears that even more help could be on the way with USC still in the mix for Zach Banner, Kyle Murphy, Andrus Peat, Hiva Lutui and Kyle Dodson.

Banner will announce his college decision on Monday at a press conference at Lakes High School, and many, including myself, feel that USC is the team to beat for his signature.

"They have an excellent shot at Zach Banner, a top 100 player nationally, who's long been thought to be a lean to Washington, but now looks to be headed out of state," Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Bandon Huffman said.

Adding Banner would put USC in the discussion for the top offensive line class in the country, along with Michigan, Texas and Stanford.

And if Kiffin and staff can lure a fifth recruit into the group then the Trojans would have their best class since signing Tyron Smith and Matt Kalil in 2008.

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