In a video interview that Johnny Curren did with Heberer immediately following the camp you can hear him describe how Pete Carroll offered him a scholarship and you see his genuine excitement about coming to USC. He talks about a "big future" as a Trojan and a family that is happy with his decision. In an earlier interview we did last month Zack said that when you grow up in Southern California it is "Trojan Country" and he said he was "pretty honored" that the Trojans were even looking at him. By committing to USC he is bypassing an offer from childhood favorite Oregon (he has family in the Eugene area and used to visit often as a kid).
What we are getting is an athletic player with good size (6-4, 275) and very good footwork. I like the fact that he is a surfer and diver which means that he possesses good flexibility and movement which was evident during the camp on Sunday. What I also liked that we saw at the camp was a little nasty streak as Zack definitely got competitive when the juices started flowing in the one on one sessions. Zack will be coming to USC as an offensive tackle.
It will be very important for the Trojans in this class to get several offensive linemen (three or four would be ideal) and to this point in the recruiting process it seems like most of the attention is focused on out of state prospects. A couple early in-state prospects who received interest were Daniel Mafoe and Jovon Hayes (neither attended the lineman camp) while Heberer quickly rose to the top of the in-state wish list after the coaches saw him in action at San Pedro HS. Steve Sarkisian was involved in recruiting Zack while Pete Carroll and Pat Ruel also took a visit to the school for an in-person evaluation.
Zack is the second verbal commit for the Class of 2006 following the previous commitment from Chaffey College tight end Gerald Washington.