As of now, USC has just four offensive linemen committed in the class of 2014.
Offensive lineman and 4-star recruit Jordan Poland decommited from USC and flipped to the University of Arizona on Thursday evening, according to Scout.com's Jason Scheer:
Jordan Poland has committed to Arizona— Jason Scheer (@JasonScheer) January 2, 2014
Greg Biggins of Rivals.com elaborated on the situation. Poland was supposed to be an early enrollee at USC, but grades appear to have been a holdup.
Poland was originally set to be an EE for USC but was asked to hold off, had a feeling a flip was coming sooner than later— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) January 2, 2014
With the loss of Poland, Steve Sarkisian has just four offensive linemen in the class of 2014. The coach noted in December that the O-line had been hit the hardest by depth issues and thus was an area of emphasis during recruiting.
With Viane Talamaivao, Toa Lobendahn, Chris Brown and Jordan Austin still aligned with Troy, USC is still in good shape as far as its future O-line talent is concerned. But if shoring up depth is still the priority, landing either Mama or Tucker will be critical on national signing day. Mama is still considered a USC lean, while Tucker might be more of a stretch as the recruiting trail heats up.
As USC's O-line stands now, it looks like a shadow of its former self. In 2011, the Trojans' front line was stout; since then, it has struggled to provide adequate protection, especially in passing situations. In 2013, Cody Kessler was sacked an astounding 30 times.
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