It's Trojan Country

One of the toughest positions to recruit for every year is the offensive line and this year is no exception. For the Trojans, one in-state recruit is starting to get a long look and he will plan to attend the SC lineman camp next month for a further evaluation.

Zack Heberer (6-5, 275) of San Pedro HS is known as more of a defensive lineman than an offensive lineman so far in his football career but his future is likely on the offensive side of the ball. He received All-City honors as a DL while being named All-Area on the OL last season.

Heberer puts up 340 max on the bench and at a recent combine he ran a 5.1 40 while doing 34 reps on the bench with a 27 inch vertical leap.

"My strengths as a player are my strength and my speed," says Zack.

For Heberer, who doesn't play other sports but has been a surfer for the past nine years, there are two schools that stand out so far in the recruiting process.

"USC and Oregon are at the top of my list," says Zack. "I've got family in Eugene and I always used to visit and go to games. They were the team growing up that I wanted to play for. With USC, when you live in Los Angeles it's Trojan Country out here. The fact that they are national champions, I'm pretty honored that they are looking at me. Pete Carroll and Pat Ruel came to my school and talked to my coach. They talked on the phone again the next day and Carroll said he looks forward to seeing me at their camp on the 12th. They haven't offered yet but he said he wants to see me in a Trojan uniform."

Heberer has received offers so far from Oregon and Utah. He said he is looking at three primary factors when choosing a school (football program, the education and location) and he wants to major in physical education. His first goal is the NFL, after that he wants to be either a coach or a trainer.


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