2004 Recruiting: Offensive Line

The Trojans have already received a commitment from one offensive lineman and have their sights set on several other prospects, including one player who is considered by many recruiting analysts to be the top offensive lineman in the country. Click below for an update on recruiting for this all-important position:

Chilo Rachal (6-5, 288) Dominguez HS
Committed to the Trojans on May 29th as soon as he received the offer. "To get to stay close to home and play for a great school with a great staff, what more could you want? USC is on the rise and I know we'll be competing for National Championships there. It was just a perfect fit for me." Named 1st team All-State underclass last year.

Jeff Byers (6-4, 270) Loveland (CO) HS
Recruiting analysts are fairly unanimous in calling Byers the top OL in the nation this year. Will likely play center in HS and is known for his technique and attitude. Visited SC last week along with UCLA. Stan, OK, Texas and CO.

John Gibson (6-4, 240) St. Mary's HS
Athletic player who moved from TE to the OL because of his college potential on the line. Moves well and finishes his blocks. USC (favorite, grew up with Kyle Williams), Stanford and has offers from ASU and Northwestern.

Jacob Hucko (6-7, 280) Cerritos HS
Cal, Washington and Oregon have offered this tall lineman with long arms. Jacob is also a wrestler and his athleticism has drawn the attention of the Trojan coaches as well.

Mark Gray (6-2, 270) Loyola HS
Fiery player who has been best OL at Loyola the past two years. Is a Trojan fan who attended the lineman camp.

Geoffrey Schwartz (6-6, 298) Palisades HS
An unusual combination of size and athletic ability, Schwartz pitched the back end of a no-hitter recently for the Pali baseball team with Ed Orgeron watching from the stands. Offer from Arizona.

Shannon Tevaga (6-4, 290) La Mirada HS
A powerful lineman who can star on either side of the ball but his HS coach says his future is on the OL.

Others to watch include:

Grant DeBenedictis (St. Andrews, FL)
Mike Teppier (Pacifica)
Brian Abraham (Rancho Cucamonga)
Matt Streid (Granada Hills)
David Felso (Campolinda)
John Ioane (Tustin)
Note - Thomas Herring (Fremont) will be listed with the defensive linemen although he is also being recruited as an offensive lineman.


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