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USC picks up huge lineman commit two days before signing day

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No Arik Armstead? No big thang for USC. They’ll just pick up another giant lineman commitment with National Signing Day right around the corner.

Lakewood HS (WA) lineman Zach Banner said today that he will sign with the Trojans on Wednesday over Washington and  Oklahoma. According to ESPN LA’s Pedro Moura, Banner, a five-star lineman according to, will also attempt to play basketball at USC.

We’ll see if that works out.

Banner’s verbal gives USC 10 commits for the 2012 class, although three other players have already signed letters of intent. Because of NCAA sanctions, USC can only sign 15 players on Wednesday, the first of three years the Trojans will be subject to such sanctions.

Still, this is a huge get for Lane Kiffin. Like him or not, he can still sell ketchup to a guy in a white shirt, even with the NCAA sanctions.

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16 Responses to “USC picks up huge lineman commit two days before signing day”
  1. canetic says: Jan 30, 2012 8:34 PM

    Until Wednesday when he signs with Oregon.

  2. coachroy says: Jan 30, 2012 8:34 PM

    Love this! We will have a select group for 2012

  3. gtizzo says: Jan 30, 2012 8:41 PM

    Not a problem he will transfer. Tailback “U” is becoming Transfer “U”.

  4. mrslay1 says: Jan 30, 2012 9:14 PM

    Well said gtizzo! Kids are getting smarter. They may get sucked in by the LAME WIMPIN BS but soon learn the truth. Then the smart ones can’t wait to get out, fast as they can:-)

  5. ricofoy says: Jan 30, 2012 9:30 PM

    For those not familar, Lakewood is the armpit of Western Washington. Thug City. He’ll fit right in at USC.

  6. trojan33sc says: Jan 30, 2012 9:46 PM

    Excuse me but Oregon is STILL under investigation ! The NCAA is far from done with OU and especially after last seasons discoveries USC will be over and done, when their sanctions just begin. Besides, the players that gave up their scholarships or were (slightly nudged the heck out ) can also be replaced !!! Kiffen is canabalizing the ineffective players as each spot is now a commodity until the sanctions are over and done with. Remember the NCAA moves slow but deliberately and you’ve already seen that Coach Kelly demonstated “Happy Feet’ with the NFL. Sheeyite will come out soon guys and then we’ll see who’s better than whom. Heck, we already spanked the Ducks with one arm tied behind our backs ??!! Of course, you forgot about that already…….! “Fight-On”

  7. uschawk says: Jan 30, 2012 9:50 PM

    The guys that are transferring are because of scholarship #s and playing time issues. Also he’s the son of Lincoln Kennedy so I doubt he’s a “thug” but man that Lane Kiffin sure can recruit. Can’t wait for football season. Fight on!

  8. gtizzo says: Jan 30, 2012 10:09 PM

    Scholarships…that is lame. I’m sure Kiffin went up to Kyle Prater and said “Kyle you run a 4.3 40, you have good size, and are a tremendous athlete but you have to go because we don’t have a scholarship for you”. Dry that one out you could fertilize the White House garden.

  9. illyistic1 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:34 PM

    U obviously know nothing about whats goin on at sc. Stop hating and worry about your own sorry ass team! Fight on! Sc all day u goober!

  10. phillyb6 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:43 PM

    Best part about this article… the 2nd Tommy Boy reference from CFT in the past week. nice work gents.

  11. meetitisisetitdown says: Jan 30, 2012 11:15 PM


    Don’t be a moron. Prater and these other “transfers” had to go. It’s a depth chart issue. Forget the 15 schollies per year. The magic number is 75. There will be more “transfers” if USC signs 15 kids. Remember genius, these scholarships are renewable every year at the school’s discetion.

  12. pedagoguish says: Jan 31, 2012 12:13 AM

    Steve Sarkesian is a battered salmon swimming upstream without hope of reaching his spawning grounds. Washington was once near-great, but the Huskies can’t restock from the limited supply of Northwest athletes when they face competition from the likes of Oregon, Boise State, Washington State, Eastern Washington, Stanford, and USC.

    Sarkesian’s only hope is to out-Peterson Chris Peterson by taking second tier players and developing them into top notch athletes. He can never win the recruiting wars as long as Kelly, Peterson, Leach, Baldwin, Kiffin, and Shaw remain in place.

  13. uscatjerseyshore says: Jan 31, 2012 12:34 AM


    “Then the smart ones can’t wait to get out, fast as they can:-)”……..

    I guess you’re talking about Matt Barkley… oh yeah, I forgot, he decided to stick around.

    ZB will be a great addition to the USC team. Fight on!

  14. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 31, 2012 9:32 AM

    This is going to be a great class for USC! Can’t wait until signing day Kiffin is going to close with a bang! It sounds like USC will have a couple nice pick ups from Florida and maybe one from Ohio. Agholar is going to be a beast. His tape looks incredible!

    Also, congrats to Sark and UW on Shaq Thompson. I am not sure why he never considered USC but that kid is going to be a beast.

  15. bmceh says: Jan 31, 2012 11:25 AM

    pedagoguish – Sarkisian will never what?? And did you really put Wazzu & Eastern Wa in the group of schools UW can’t recruit against? Say hello to Shaq Thompson, Cyler Miles, Jeff Lindquist.
    Doesn’t sound like a battered salmon. He did miss out on a few in-state prospects this year and that is dissappointing. Still, Sark is clearly one of the hottest coaches in the country who’s quickly rebuilding one of the greatest programs in the country. UW will have to pony up with a massive chunk of that TV money if they want to keep him around.

  16. farvite says: Jan 31, 2012 3:29 PM

    Sark leaves for the pro’s next year.

    And us UW fans continue to long for the days Don James kept these players in-state.

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