USC Football Recruiting: Trojans Land Verbal from 2014 Standout Offensive Tackle

Rick McMahanSenior Writer IJune 10, 2012

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With USC hosting their first camp of the summer this weekend, the recruiting staff wasted no time in producing results, this time landing a verbal commitment from a huge (literally and figuratively) offensive tackle in the 2014 class.

At 6'7" and 333 lbs., Jordan Poland already has a college-ready body and two more years to hone his craft.

With scholarships at a premium for SC, Poland wasted little time in pulling the trigger for Lane Kiffin and the Trojans.

According to Greg Biggins of, Poland had this to say about the offer:

"I was totally stunned, I never expected it. USC is a great school and for me, I've always been as big a fan of their academics as I was the football program. It's such a prestigious University and I have so much respect for it. When Coach Kiffin offered me, I thought about it for a second and said, 'I would be honored to be a Trojan, I want to commit right now.'"

Originally part of the 2013 class, Poland will be a bit older than his classmates as he recently adjusted to the 2014 class after moving from Arizona to San Diego.

Securing a verbal from a highly-regarded lineman in 2014 probably helps the staff decide what to do this year with their remaining scholarships in that offensive linemen are not currently a pressing need, but will be at season's end.

Getting any latitude regarding recruiting issues is welcome news for a staff that continues to deal with NCAA sanctions, which include a reduction of 30 scholarships over three years that began in 2011.

Of course, not to be lost in all of this is the fact that Poland was dominating enough at the first day of the camp to warrant an immediate offer straight from Coach Kiffin himself, and if he continues to improve, he likely will be at least a high 4-star by most scouting experts.

In addition to the Trojan offer, Poland had offers from both Arizona schools, Boise State and San Diego State.