- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Editor's note: WeAreSC recruiting editor Erik McKinney will rank the Trojans' commitments from 10 to 1 according to the importance of each to the 2012 roster. Prospect No. 2 is offensive lineman Max Tuerk.
There was no denying that former USC coach Pete Carroll was a master when it came to recruiting, as he put together a string of top-ranked classes. But in the final two classes for which he was largely responsible, the Trojans managed to bring in just three offensive linemen. As a result, the USC offensive line registered as perilously thin the last two seasons. Without a big haul in this 2012 class, it will continue in that direction.
Luckily for Lane Kiffin and the Trojans, the crop of senior offensive linemen on the West Coast this season is the best the region has seen in years, and USC will chase several of the players with an ace already up their sleeve: committed tackle Max Tuerk.