Assessing national signing day
February, 3, 2012
By Kyle Williams | ESPN Insider
Courtesy Crespi Carmelite HSJordan Simmons (center) has a better chance of redshirting as a freshman at USC than tackle signees Max Tuerk and Zach Banner, but an injury bug could force him into service early.
The Trojans ended their recruiting season with the No. 13 class, but Lane Kiffin and his staff put together, pound for pound, one of the most impressive recruiting classes in the nation.
Their biggest need was along the offensive line, especially at the tackle position. The Trojans picked up a true left tackle in Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) as well as Max Tuerk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) who can play both tackle and guard. These two will probably not have the luxury of taking a redshirt this season. They’ll both have to contribute and contribute early. The Trojans also picked up another good player in Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi). I don’t see Simmons’ needing to play as early as the tackles and he will most likely redshirt this season, but if the Trojans have a repeat of the injuries they had on the interior of the line at the beginning of last season, his number might be called upon early.