OL visits USC practice

Max Tuitoti-Mariner

Finding help on the offensive line is not always the easiest task, but it looks as if the Trojans have found their next target in Corona HS (CA.) offensive lineman Max Tuioti-Mariner.

Tuioti-Mariner, who already holds plenty of offers, but one local school may hold an edge dependant on a scholarship offer.

"If USC did offer me, they would definitely be at the top of my list with a few other schools."

The standout offensive lineman found time to make it down to the Southern Cal campus and take in a Spring Practice, which also happened to be the first full day of pads.

"It was really exciting for me," confessed Tuioti-Mariner. "I got a chance to meet some of the coaches and see what they do down there (USC). Coach Ruel was a real cool guy, and its obvious he knows what he's talking about."

The Corona standout not only took in the action on the field, but also found time to take in the interactions between the players and coaches, which left a great impression on the him.

"I really liked seeing how the players and coaches are," said Tuioti-Mariner. "Just watching their relationships, all the players and coaches really like each other."

Tuioti-Mariner got a chance to speak with a bevy of top recruits, but spent most of his time observing the defending Rose Bowl Champions in action with fellow offensive lineman Tyron Smith of Rancho Verde HS.

"I was talking to Tyron Smith for most of the day, and we were just saying how we wish we had our helmets, cause we wanted to get out there. I also talked to Maurice Simmons, and he just had really good things to say about USC. He told me why he committed so early, and that was good to hear."

Not only did Tuioti-Mariner and Smith begin talking, but they also threw out the possibility of lining up next to each other at the next level.

"Me and Tyron (Smith) were standing next to each other, and we kind of talked about that being next year's line. We were kind of joking at the time."

Tuioti-Mariner felt very comfortable watching the practice, as he noticed that the USC roster was full of Polynesian players, just like himself.

"I'm Polynesian, actually Samoan," stated Tuioti-Mariner. "And that was actually one of the main things I looked at when I got there. The first thing I did was go up and talk to Tiny (Malu) and Martin Coleman, and they were telling me that they need more Polynesian offensive linemen, because they are the only two."

Tuioti-Mariner is capable of playing any of the inside spots on the line, and does not have a preference one was or the other.

"SC is recruiting me as a guard and a center, and I like both, so it doesn't really matter to me. I will play anything for that school (USC), or any school."

Tuioti-Mariner will maintain a busy schedule over the next few months, and has a few things he would like to accomplish in that period of time.

"I know I am going to go to another Spring practice at USC, and I will also be going to some camps. I'm not sure which ones I'm going to yet, but I know I will be going to some."

The talented lineman from Corona will be a name to remember in the near future, and look for WeAreSC.com to give you up-to-the minute news on anything USC.

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