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Thursday, September 5, 2013
2015 OL Robertson picks up USC offer

By Blair Angulo

USC landed four-star offensive lineman Nico Falah from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco in February, has his former teammate and Class of 2014 ESPN 300 guard Damien Mama atop its wish list at the position and, on Thursday looked again to the local powerhouse in sending out another scholarship offer.

Class of 2015 offensive tackle Zach Robertson (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) shined at the Trojans' linemen camp in early June, but didn't know how interested the coaches were since he had to leave campus early. On Thursday, he received good news from USC assistant coach Tee Martin.

"Man, it's crazy," Robertson said. "I'm so excited right now. I'm very surprised with the offer. I went to the USC camp and the coaches talked to me about wanting to recruit me, but I left early. I know coach [Lane] Kiffin saw what I was doing. Coach Martin said my size is what caught their attention. I'm big and physical."

The 6-foot-4, 313-pound Robertson had no prior offers. He had already made plans to attend USC's game against Washington State at the Coliseum on Saturday, but now has more reason to do so. Mama and St. John Bosco teammates Naijiel Hale, Josh Rosen and Jaleel Wadood are also expected to be in attendance.

"It caught me off guard, definitely," said Robertson, who grew up a Trojans fan. "This is my first offer. I was at Cal last weekend for the Northwestern game. Utah has also been in contact with me. This is definitely big, but I'm going to take it slow. I have a lot of people in my ear telling me not to put all my eggs in one basket. I want to take my time with this process."

Robertson previously attended Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair before transferring to St. John Bosco.