Banner will impact USC ranking 

January, 30, 2012
The ESPNU team recruiting ranking list released early Monday was the final ranking before signing day. The USC Trojans were ranked No. 16 when the list came out, but that ranking might very well have been different if the list had come out later in the day.

USC received a huge boost of recruiting news Monday afternoon -– literally and figuratively -– when offensive tackle Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) announced that he would play for the Trojans.

Banner (6-foot-8, 305 pounds) is a member of the ESPNU 150 and is ranked as the No. 15 offensive tackle in the class. Not only is Banner an elite player, but offensive tackle was a critical position of need for the Trojans, so this pickup was a big one.