- Erik McKinney, RecruitingNation
LOS ANGELES -- It's no surprise that the USC coaches are looking to load up along the offensive line with the class of 2012. The Trojans are still fighting an uphill battle up front, as bringing in just three players in a two-year stretch put the group in a huge hole. Adding six players to the offensive line last season was a solid first step, but with three weeks until signing day, Lane Kiffin know they have to do more to fix the numbers issue on the offensive line.
Last weekend, USC hosted a phenomenal group of offensive linemen. Trojans commits Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi) and Max Tuerk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) were joined by Wisconsin commit Kyle Dodson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio./Cleveland Heights), Oregon State commit Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis) and Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol). While Dodson and Peat are intriguing, Seumalo could be the one to watch as signing day draws nearer.
His father, Joe Seumalo, just finished his sixth season at Oregon State and has developed a reputation as one of the best defensive line coaches in the country. The Beavers already boast a second Seumalo -- senior defensive tackle Andrew Seumalo -- and have been in good shape to land a third. Isaac committed to Oregon State this past summer in perhaps the most slam-dunk recruiting race in the country. Despite being recognized as one of the best offensive linemen in the country, Seumalo didn't hear from many schools, as his eventual enrollment at Oregon State was believed to be a formality.
Isaac Seumalo was thought to be a done deal for Oregon State. After an official visit to USC, the Corvallis, Ore., OL is conflicted.