- Garry Paskwietz, Publisher, WeAreSC.com
The success of any football team lies in the trenches so that reason alone makes today a very important one for the USC Trojans recruiting efforts.
As of July 10 the Trojans didn’t have any offensive line commits in the class of 2013. But when July 11 comes to a close there will be two, and that figures to be the end of O-line recruiting for this class.
The Trojans had loaded up on offensive linemen in the last two classes so there wasn’t a need for more than two bodies in this class. With verbal commits on the same day from Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy), the Trojans filled those spots with a pair of gifted players.
Falah took part in The Opening last weekend at Nike headquarters and showed the athleticism which attracted so many college coaches. At 6-foot-4, 267 pounds, Falah has a lot of room to grow on his frame. He only recently started playing football, so his upside is big. He was strictly a basketball player until two years ago and didn’t see extended football action before his junior season.
The Trojans beat out the UCLA Bruins for his verbal, but it’s a recruiting battle that figures to continue as Falah has stated that he is open to possibly switching his commitment.
Falah will play offensive tackle at USC. He is the No. 17 ranked OT in the ESPN rankings.
Rodgers had long stated his desire to attend USC as he looked forward to joining his high school teammates Kenny Bigelow (Class of 2013) and David Sills (Class of 2015), who had previously committed to play for the Trojans.
The only problem was that Rodgers didn’t have an offer from USC while schools such as Auburn, Ohio State and UCLA had offered the No. 16 ranked offensive guard in the ESPN rankings. The Trojans stepped forward with an offer last week and Rodgers accepted, but not without giving legitimate thought to attending Auburn.
Rodgers impressed in several spring camps with his dominant strength and he has a 6-foot-2, 323-pound frame that looks like a slightly bigger Antwaun Woods. He fits the prototype of a typical road-grading guard.
One tackle, one guard. Consider the 2013 USC offensive line class closed as of today.
The Trojans now have 13 verbal commitments for the class of 2013. USC is able to take 18 recruits this year; three as early enrollees to count against 2012 and 15 on signing day 2013.
1dMark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy
2dKevin Gemmell and Erik McKinney