Trojans On The Road

USC coaches are in South Carolina today to visit offensive guard Zack Bailey, one of the top players in the nation. It once again shows how much USC feels offensive line is a weakness as it continues to go after linemen for the 2015 recruiting class.

As I noted last week, the depth is shocking at some offensive line positions and the Trojans almost cannot sign enough linemen.

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  • UCLA Bleauz

    Weakness?… tell us, Scottie….what’s wrong with stockpiling O-Linemen?…. it’s about creating depth, especially now that we are back to our full allotment of scholarships……the games are obviously won and lost in the trenches……Stanford and UCLA have been loading up on the Big Uglies for the 5 years and now it’s paying them dividends……

    • Wayne Lusvardi

      Stanford was 11-3, USC 10-4 in 2013. Without Kiffin, USC might have been 12-2. USC beat Stanford but lost to UCLA, Notre Dame and Az. State. Stanford beat UCLA, Notre Dame and Az. State, but lost to Utah 27-21 while USC beat Utah 19-3. It is not clear that choosing Stanford even in a down year in recruiting for USC was the clear best choice. And Stanford lost the Rose Bowl to Michigan State whose only loss was to Notre Dame. Linemen are typically projects that have to be bulked up, their core strengthened, and learn technique. Michigan State wins by stockpiling redshirts and by the time they are 5th year seniors they are tough. Got to give linemen like Zach Banner credit – it usually takes a year to come back from major surgery. He’s out there learning. It takes about six games to get players experience enough to improve. USC is going to have to play their freshmen linemen and their redshirts.

      • SUCC de trop

        I can’t wait to see how the freshmen and RS bondo O-Line works out for Sark’s new offense. WL makes valid points.

  • B.Miller

    Staff putting in work.. Really reaching out to get kids to USC.. I admire the hard work and the effort.. Lets hope for results come signing day.. FIGHT ON!

    • rusoviet

      Well said – it’s a page out of Pete’s playbook – lock down the state (well try to) and go national.

  • Internal Monologue

    I wonder if the NCAA sanctions were intended to deplete USC’s depth so that they would be less competitive?

    • UCLA Bleauz

      Well, considering that the University of Miami AD, Paul Dee, and Missy Conboy, who played basketball at Notre Dame and worked in Notre Dame’s athletics administration for more than 25 years, were sitting on the COI (Committee on Infractions) at the time, it’s safe to say that the deck was not stacked in USC’s favor……but that’s yesterdays news….my rearview mirror is broken…..but if you want to read some interesting stuff on this, check out http://www[dot]ncaainjustice[dot]com/

      • SUCC de trop

        Smells like another two or three more excuses headed for SUCC FB’s bloated excuse lexicon.

        • UCLA Bleauz

          These are FACTS, not excuses, SUCC (the troll formerly known as SUXX)…..

          • SUCC de trop

            Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

          • Cheap seats

            That’s the story of your life with women, right?

          • Cheap seats

            Ask him if he’s ever slept with a woman. He loves that question.

          • SUCC de trop

            That’s why I refer you as Cheap Lies. You in fact, love to ask “that question.”

        • TrojanFamily

          USC has been sanctioned and has had fewer scholarships.

          USC lacks depth

          Only a troll would call that an excuse rather than an explanation

          “Sorry I can’t afford a PSL. I don’t make enough money”

          Stop making excuses! We all know facts are nothing more than excuses!

          • SUCC de trop

            TF, excuse by any other name (explanation) still stinks.

        • TESTIFY, SUCC!!!!

          you are DIALED IN as to how Southern Cal’s twisted excuse machine operates!!

          Excuse Inc.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            You just referred to your buddy as “SUCC”

          • TrojanFan3.0

            How are the AARP meetings going?

        • Cheap seats

          What’s your excuse for not having slept with a (living) woman?

  • POW!! CRASH!!

    wolfman you are on FIRE today, brother!!!
    (El Lobo Macho, es en FUEGO hoy, hermano!!!)

    • Cheap seats

      YOU are on fire! Flagging and deleting your OWN comments?

  • UCLA Bleauz

    Hey, Scottie… mention of Cody Kessler appearing on “Under Center with Rick Neuheisel.” tonight at 8:00pm?……oh, that’s right … you don’t get the Pac-12 Network!……my bad….

    • Helen

      He doesn’t cover USC either.

    • B.Miller

      HYSTERICAL! but he will tell us all day where Lame Kiffin is…

  • john wolcott

    Play the hand you are dealt, which the Trojans have done

    SC did o.k.the last 4-years, will probably be just o.k. in 2014, and then watch out!

    • SUCC de trop

      For what?

  • Sarknado

    It may be shocking to Wolf, but the reason for the lack of O-line depth is pretty obvious to those who follow SC football. Carroll woefully under recruited O-linemen during his last few years. That along with sanctions and Kiffin’s missing out on a few big recruits lead to the depleted roster.

    • Tom Oday

      WTF? “Carroll woefully under recruited O-linemen during his last few years”. Wasn’t his last season 2009?

      • marvgoux1

        Shhh- he’s on a roll!

        • Russ Taylor

          Ignorance is both bliss and UCLA fan. Fight On!

  • rusoviet

    Great if Sark succeeds esp. with Clowney going in the top 3 picks tomorrow – Spurrier can’t keep a kid in the Palmetto State?

  • Wayne Lusvardi

    Remember when Marcus Martin was Three Star “fat kid out of South Central” as coach Harvey Hyde called him once in order to challenge him? Now Martin going high in the NFL draft. And Jordan Simmons was a Five Star and Aundrey Walker a Four Star coming out of high school? As the saying goes: you don’t know what you got until you pick a piece of candy out of the box and try it.