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After receiving verbal commitments from 2013 Scout.com 4-star receiver Steven Mitchell and 2014 offensive lineman Jordan Poland, the Trojans hit pay dirt again with the verbal pledge of yet another offensive lineman scheduled to graduate next year.
Toa Lobendahn is a fast rising 6'5", 285-pound tackle whose efforts at the recently completed Trojan camp produced an offer which he quickly accepted.
As reported by Scout.com's Lindsey Thiry, the Lakewood High School (Lakewood, Calif) product had this to say about his decision:
“I just feel like there’s not really another school that competes like USC does and that’s probably one of the better places for me to go for my career,” explained Lobendahn of his decision to commit early, “(I like) the overall history of the school and just the way they always play.”
Lobendahn started this year as an unknown commodity but has been impressive on various circuits and has been receiving increased interest, including a recent offer from UCLA.
For those who follow recruiting for the men of Troy, a couple of things should be noted.
One, 2012, unlike last year, is not a bumper crop for offensive linemen, as Nico Falah is the only local O-lineman to have received a Trojan offer.
Also, with two 2014 linemen in the fold, it allows Lane Kiffin and his staff some latitude to pursue areas this year that are more talent-laden, such as wide receiver, where USC already has two verbal commitments (Eldridge Massington and Mitchell) but still has more offers on the table.
Lobendahn's commitment is the second for the 2014 class.