The Trojans received some very welcome news yesterday when Scout.com 4-star offensive lineman Chuma Edoga gave his verbal pledge to come west and ply his trade for the men of Troy.
A massive lineman at 6'4", 277 pounds, Edoga made up his mind to USC after a recent visit to the campus.
According to Scout.com's Chad Simmons (subscription required), Edoga had a great time at USC. "When I took my visit, I knew that is where I wanted to go," said Edoga. "I loved the feeling I had there during my visit and it felt right on campus and around the coaches."
While the news of Edoga's verbal is great for the class of 2015, it does beg the question of how many more offensive linemen the Trojans will target in this class.
How many more offensive linemen should USC take in the 2015 class?
As of this writing, USC has 11 scholarship linemen with three (Giovanni Di Paolo, Aundrey Walker and Nathan Guertler) of those being seniors in 2014.
Of the remaining eight linemen on the roster, all except Max Tuerk—who is a junior—are either redshirt sophomores or freshmen.
Also, true freshmen offensive linemen Damien Mama, Viane Talamaivao and Chris Brown will all enrolled be for the fall which gives the Trojans 11 "big uglies" heading into the 2014 season.
Assuming that Edoga follows through on his pledge, that will give USC 12 scholarship offensive linemen for the following year, so how many more should the Trojans sign for the 2015 class?
In reviewing the list of Trojans offers, Scout.com shows that eight linemen, in addition to Edoga, hold offers from USC, and they are pretty much split between guards and tackles.
When it comes to college football rosters, the quantity of offensive linemen varies depending on what kind of offense a team runs.
According to SB Nation.com's Ian Boyd, a pro style offense (even one the employs a "hurry-up" scheme, I assume) will need 14-18 linemen, and since USC will be running more plays, you can be sure that the Trojans will need to rely on a rotation that features more linemen.
If one assumes that the Trojans will need upward of 18 offensive linemen, then Sark and the recruiting crew still have a lot of work to do by the time letter of intent signing day arrives in February.
And let's not forget that injuries and/or insufficient grades may require even more attention to be paid to this unit going forward.
Can USC deliver at least another four or five O-linemen in this class?
It is difficult to say, but at least this year—for the first time since the class of 2011—they will have a full complement of scholarships to give out.
And that is a very good thing because they may need to use a large portion of those "schollies" on more linemen for the offense.
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