ESPN 300 OG Lobendahn the ideal recruit

ESPN 300 offensive guard Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) is a recruiter’s dream, and not because he’s a highly skilled lineman or one of the top overall prospects in Southern California.

No, Lobendahn offers something that’s rare in the modern recruiting landscape: his word.

Firmly committed to USC for over a year, the soft-spoken Lobendahn is so dedicated he’s already analyzing the Trojans’ playbook -- some seven months before he’s due to enroll. He was a regular at practices this spring and doesn’t miss an opportunity to make it to campus.

The importance of Lobendahn's loyalty is amplified by the fact that USC needs to load up on linemen in the 2014 recruiting class after taking only three -- two on offense, one on defense -- last February.