Tuerk leads Santa Margarita to title game 

December, 3, 2011
The Santa Margarita-Mission Viejo matchup on Friday night was hyped all week -- featuring USC commits and recruits on both sides of the ball -- and it didn't disappoint, as Santa Margarita came away with a 21-20 victory.

USC commits Max Tuerk and Jahleel Pinner were front and center, and Trojans fans got a good look at what each will bring to the USC offense in the future. Pinner began the game at fullback -- where he will play at USC -- and performed well there, showing why he is ESPN's top-ranked player at the position. But when tailback Buzzy Yokoyama went down with an injury, Pinner slid back and took over the running game, rushing for 105 yards, including a few impressive plays. Pinner is noticeably slimmer this season, but still runs with a powerful burst that will help him become a triple-threat for the Trojans -- blocking, rushing and receiving.

USC will not have Rhett Ellison or Ross Cumming on the roster next year, the two players who manned the fullback position this season, so Pinner should be able to compete for playing time right away. His history with the position in a pro-style offense as well as his overall football acumen should give him a boost in that competition.