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Bulking up the trenches

The in-state OL class has been solid, but out-of-state linemen have been key for USC

Updated: December 18, 2011, 12:54 PM ET
By Greg Katz | WeAreSC.com
LOS ANGELES -- The early departure of junior All-American offensive tackle Matt Kalil to the NFL has quickly renewed focus on the returning members of the Trojans' offensive line and the state of that position's recruiting.

Before the Kalil announcement, Lane Kiffin's staff had been answering the local recruiting call by getting verbal commitments from such celebrated schoolboy offensive linemen as Santa Margarita superstar Max Tuerk, Encino Crespi man-child Jordan Simmons, and Santa Monica hidden nugget Chad Wheeler.

[+] EnlargeZach Banner
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comUSC has already done a great job getting in-state offensive line recruits, but an out-of-state commitment like Zach Banner would be gravy.
The Trojans are still locked in a heated recruiting tug-of-war with the Stanford Cardinal for San Clemente's Kyle Murphy, a near certain consensus prep All-American.

Greg Katz | email

Columnist, WeAreSC.com

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