Recruiting Status: Offensive Linemen

All week leading up to National Signing Day we are going to take a look at the recruiting status of various positions. Today we'll look at the offensive linemen.

The Class of 2012 has been touted as the Year of the Linemen. There hasn't been another year like this in recent recruiting memory where so many talented big men are coming out of the same class.

It's not only a coach's dream to get a few of these top players; it's every coach's dream. Thus, recruiting these players becomes an even greater challenge.

There is no shortage of tall men in this class. USC wants Zach Banner, who is listed at a mere 6'9. They also want Kyle Murphy, listed at 6'7.

Just recently, they added Chad Wheeler, an early enrollee tackle who comes in at 6'6. Andrus Peat was given the red carpet treatment on his visit, another tall (6'7) tackle.

USC wants to pick up a handful of linemen. They have three committed right now, in Wheeler (enrolled), Jordan Simmons and Max Tuerk (both 6-5). They're hoping to bring in two of three tackles, out of Banner, Murphy and Peat.

Peat is a longshot, who looks to be going to Nebraska while Murphy seems to be neck and neck with the Trojans and Stanford.

Banner looks like the best possible pickup for USC right now. Obviously that could all change in a week, as we approach National Signing Day and his hometown school of Washington continues to recruit the four-star player hard.

Simmons said coaches are talking to him about playing right tackle. It's not unusual for linemen to play other positions on the line. There will be a lot of trial and error once a lineman enrolls somewhere and gets into fall camp.

A couple of under the radar players in Hiva Lutui, a UCLA decommit, could surprise some. An offensive guard Isaac Seumalo out of Corvallis, Ore. recently visited USC but is expected to sign with Oregon State.

What is likely to happen? I'd expect Simmons, Tuerk, Wheeler and Banner to play at USC. I think a fifth lineman--either a Lutui (a projected center) or another surprise player could be that guy if USC's scholarship numbers allow it.


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