- Garry Paskwietz, Publisher, WeAreSC.com
The Trojans held their lineman camp on Saturday and the big news from the day was a verbal commitment from class of 2014 prospect Jordan Poland from La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day.
Poland has massive size (6-foot-7, 333 pounds) and was extended the offer immediately after the camp ended. He was one of the top linemen in Arizona last season and was originally scheduled to be a member of the class of 2013, but he has now be classified in the 2014 class after moving to the San Diego area.
One trend that continues is the run of tall tackles being recruited by Lane Kiffin and staff. Recent additions to the tackle spot include Zach Banner (6-foot-8) and Chad Wheeler (6-foot-6), so Poland should fit in just fine with that group.
Another class of 2014 prospect in attendance who received good reviews from the camp was Damien Mama from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco.
Sean Harlow from San Clemente (Calif.) was also there and worked out during the camp as a center. Harlow (6-foot-5, 260) plays tackle for his high school team, but he’s played center in the past and has no problem with making the switch at the college level. He’s a USC legacy -- his father, Pat, played OL in the 90’s -- and he’s made clear his interest in getting an offer from the Trojans, but it didn’t come yesterday.
“The coaches told me they liked how I played,” Harlow said. “It sounds like they are close to an offer but they haven’t offered yet. I want to decide before the season starts, right now my top five would be Boise State, Oregon State, Washington, Wisconsin and Nebraska, but USC would be right in there if they offer.”
On the defensive side of the line, USC verbal Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) took part in the morning session and had some good competitions with Poland.