The busy recruiting period continues for USC, as Lane Kiffin and staff added their second 2014 offensive line commitment in three days. After Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla Country Day) immediately jumped on a USC offer after the Trojans offensive linemen camp, fellow 2014 standout Toa Lobendahn (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood) pulled the trigger on a USC commitment on Monday.
"I was amazed at first that somebody like their school -- with just 15 scholarships -- would come after me," Lobendahn said. "I was really surprised, but extremely excited."
Lobendahn said he had been in touch with the USC coaching staff before the camp, but Saturday offered a chance to see the coaches in action. The 6-foot-4, 274-pound two-way lineman called the experience "great."
When the news came down that the USC coaches wanted to speak with Lobendahn, it didn't take long for the junior-to-be to come up with an answer. Although he said it did take a moment to register exactly what was happening.
"It took me a couple seconds to take it in that they were actually offering me," Lobendahn said. "I talked it over with my family and then called them back to commit."
He said he can play along both the offensive and defensive line, but he believes the USC staff has him slated for offense, either at tackle or guard.
Lobendahn said he is very familiar with USC's history, having grown up in the area. He has been offered by UCLA as well as USC.
As for being finished with the recruiting process before taking a snap in his junior season, Lobendahn said, "It's a little weird. But I like it. Now I get to keep working and setting my mind to getting better."