The USC Trojans add huge bodies on the offensive line as they officially signed Zach Banner, Jordan Simmons, and Max Tuerk.
Banner is the talented of the bunch with the higher ranking of the three at No. 16 nationally and the No. 2 overall left tackle prospect. The Lakewood High School product from Lakewood, Wash. has unofficially visited the Trojans several times last year.
Banner, who is a 5-star prospect, officially visited the Trojans on Jan. 21 and raved about his visit there, which probably sealed the deal for his signature.
Simmons, another 5-star prospect and No. 25 overall prospect on Rivals.com, will mostly likely compete for a spot inside the line. The 6-5, 330 pound prospect was exceptional in the Nike camps last year. Simmons, who played all positions on the line at Crespi high school, Encino, Calif., was an Army All-American selection, but tore his MCL during practices.
Tuerk, Army All-American, No. 46 overall prospect on Rivals.com, committed early in the recruiting trail, after giving the USC staff a verbal after being offered a scholarship after his performance from the Nike camp in Palo Alto, Calif.
Tuerk was the star of highly rated offensive line that of Santa Margarita High School, Santa Margarita, Calif., who won their division state championship last year.
Though the Trojans get commitments from three of the highly rated tackles in the country, they finished second in the trail for highly touted prospect in Andrus Peat. Peat, from Tempe, Ariz., is the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect on Rivals.com and was believed to challenge the vacant left tackle spot right away if signed at USC.