Future USC Lineman Getting Work In

2014 USC verbal commit Toa Lobendahn participated at the Under Armour Sevens 7 on 7 tournament over the weekend. The offensive tackle took a few minutes to talk about his USC commitment and why he was putting in time at 7 on 7...

It's not every weekend linemen are spotted at 7 on 7 tournaments.

But not every lineman is as dedicated as Toa Lobendahn.

The Lakewood (Calif.) offensive tackle was an active member of his team over the weekend at the Under Armour Sevens passing tournament in Southern California.

"I'm just snapping the ball for them," Lobendahn explained. "I'm just cheering them on. I always support my team and it's fun watching them go out there and play."

These days it's not hard for Lobendahn to have some fun.

The 2014 recruit already has the stress of one of his biggest life decisions lifted from his shoulders after giving his verbal commitment to Lane Kiffin and USC.

"They are one of the best programs around," Lobendahn said. "They put out great linemen and just the coaching staff and the whole environment around there is just the best."

Between games Saturday, Lobendahn recalled the swift recruiting process he went through with the Trojans.

"I went to camp and showed what god gave me and I played good and I guess they liked it and when they offered I was extremely excited and accepted."

It was as simple as that.

Growing up in Los Angeles, an offer from the Trojans is all Lobendahn really ever wanted. However, when it came, he didn't necessarily expect it.

"I was kind of amazed at first that they offered me in the first place."

With the reality of a childhood dream coming to fruition, the amazement he once felt has begun to settle and Lobendahn knows the real hard work is only starting to begin.

At 6'4" and 270 pounds, his goal is to make it to 6'5" and add 30 pounds before his freshman season at USC.

Already a fierce competitor, he also plans to become even tougher by virtue of adding strength.

Lobendahn plans to attend as many USC home games in the fall as possible.

As far as his future recruiting process goes, "I'm set," he said. "This is what I want. I'm always open to hear what other schools have to say, but I'm pretty set."

Lobendahn also had offers from California and UCLA.

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