Apr 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California fullback Jahleel Pinner (38) attempts to evade a tackle from Southern California defensive lineman Claude Pelon during "the gauntlet" drill during the Southern California Spring Game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

USC Football: Edoga Will Recruit For Trojans and Other Recruiting Nuggets


With more than 150 recruits attending last week’s spring game, USC looked to gain some momentum on the recruiting trail and add to its 2015 recruiting class of 3 commits. The buzz of the “gauntlet” drill attracted all of the recruits down to the field to experience the energy that is back in Trojan football. After the spring game, many recruits were impressed with the vibe of the coliseum with roughly 17,500 fans in attendance.

This week in recruiting start off with a bang when the 6-foot-4, 277-pound offensive tackle, Chuma Edoga committed to USC. Edoga, originally from Powder Springs, Georgia, picked USC over Georgia, Tennessee, Stanford, and Texas A&M.

Head Coach Steve Sarkisian should feel good about the state of the program and his coaching staff after luring the No. 21 overall player in the ESPN 300 from the heart of SEC country.

Edoga seems as if he is firmly set on USC as he said, “I’ll probably take a couple visits, but it would take a lot to sway me away from USC. I feel good about my decision.”

Another heavily pursued offensive tackle recruit, Andre James, out of Herriman, Utah, received a scholarship offer from the Trojans this past Wednesday. James, the No. 163 overall prospect in the ESPN 300, was very impressed when he visited USC in March.

A possible James commitment to USC can set up a strong foundation on the offensive line for years to come, coupled with the strong 2014 offensive line recruits. A point of emphasis from Sarkisian when he took the head coaching job was to bring USC back to the glory days with a power running attack, which starts up front on the offensive line.

After Chuma Edoga announced his commitment on Monday, Taj Griffin, a teammate of Edoga, set to announce his commitment via twitter on Thursday. Griffin could fill a huge need for the Trojans by establishing the upcoming crop of running backs; however, things did not work out as planned, as Griffin committed to the Oregon Ducks on twitter.

Sarkisian and his coaching staff have been making a hard push for Griffin, but the likelihood of Griffin committing to the Trojans were slim as he has never visited USC. Edoga stated that he would continue to try and recruit Griffin to flip his commitment to USC and that is something to keep an eye on, as signing day approaches.

Ultimately, since the spring game, many positives in recruiting have left the USC football program with a positive buzz going into the summer, where Sarkisian and his coaching staff look to bring in top-level talent all across the country. Now, how far up do you think the 2015 USC Trojan recruiting class climb in the rankings?

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