USC Football Recruiting: 4-Star OT Frank Martin Commits to Trojans


Just a day after announcing USC among his top ten schools, Mater Dei’s 4-star offensive lineman Frank Martin took his recruitment a step further, committing to the Trojans Thursday morning on Twitter.

USC has long been considered the favorite to land Martin, whose interest in the Trojans stretches back to childhood.

However, he took his time once an official offer came through from USC in February. As offers arrived from the likes of Penn State, Florida and Louisville, Martin took two unofficial visits to USC before making his decision to commit.

Standing 6-5, 301 pounds, Martin is a sought-after offensive line prospect for the 2016 class.

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He ranks No. 21 among players in California according to 247Sports. Rivals rates him even higher at No. 8 in the state and No. 6 among offensive tackles. Scout lists him as a guard prospect and the top one in California at that.

This is the second commitment on the offensive line for 2016 in as many days. Nathan Smith, a 4-star tackle out of Murrieta, committed to the Trojans on Wednesday.

Though USC has stockpiled plenty of talent on the line during the past two recruiting classes, there is always room for more.

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Center Max Tuerk is due to leave after this season and big years from tackles Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler could result in their early departure as well.

Looking forward another year, the core of USC’s offensive line right now — Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao — will be eligible to leave for the NFL after the 2016 season.

The addition of the two recruits makes it five 2016 recruits for USC just after the close of spring camp. Mique Juarez and Daelin Hayes, 4-star linebackers, and Isaac Garcia, a 4-star defensive end, fill in the remainder of the current class.