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Monday, December 16, 2013
Local four-star lineman commits to USC

By Blair Angulo

The month-long recruiting dead period arrived Monday, but USC’s efforts on the trail continued to show life.

Local four-star offensive tackle Chris Brown (Los Angeles/Loyola), who officially visited campus over the weekend, committed to the Trojans on Monday afternoon, though it had been expected for more than a month. With the pledge, new coach Steve Sarkisian added another important piece to his class before he turns his attention to evaluating current players and putting the finishing touches on his staff.

“I’m done with visits,” Brown said. “This is definitely my final decision. Coach Sark told me he is going to run a great offense like he did at Washington. A big part for me during my visit was seeing the campus side of things. I had never really seen the academic side of USC. I had only been to the Coliseum for games. The highlight of the visit for me was going into the Coliseum on Saturday night and going onto the field. We had the whole place to ourselves and they had the music playing on the video screen. It was really cool.”

Brown became the fourth prospect to commit since Sarkisian took the helm, following the pledges of ESPN Junior College 50 defensive tackle Claudeson Pelon (Orlando, Fla./Mesa Community College), four-star defensive end Don Hill (Boise, Ida./Timberline) and three-star cornerback Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) last week. There were rumors that Brown, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman, would follow former high school coach Kennedy Polamalu to UCLA following his recent hire, but those turned out to be false. Brown grew up rooting for the Trojans and seemed destined to become one once USC became the first school to offer him a scholarship this fall.

Brown is the fifth offensive lineman in USC’s recruiting class, joining ESPN 300 offensive guard Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial), ESPN 300 guard Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), ESPN 300 tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day School) and three-star tackle Jordan Austin (Claremont, Calif./Claremont).

“I really clicked with those guys immediately,” said Brown, who also made trips to Texas A&M and Oregon. “Everyone is really cool and I liked hanging out with them. I was with my host Max Tuerk and Chad Wheeler most of the time. We got along well.”

USC holds 14 verbal commitments, leaving five remaining slots in the 2014 recruiting class.