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Monday, April 21, 2014
OT Chuma Edoga commits to USC

By Derek Tyson
ESPN.com

The USC Trojans, after receiving a commitment from one of the top quarterbacks in the country, Ricky Town, back in January, got a commitment Monday from a player who is expected to protect Town's blind side -- offensive tackle Chuma Edoga.

Edoga, who is the No. 3 offensive tackle and the No. 21 overall player in the ESPN 300, announced his decision on Twitter and confirmed his decision with ESPN.

"I committed to USC. I feel like I can get the best of both worlds by going to USC," Edoga said. "First with football and then with their academics. I have a great relationship with coach [Tee] Martin and coach [Tim] Drevno. They are all pretty cool guys -- real laid back. They really love the game of football and they are focused on what is best for me, they want to make me the best man I can be -- just real genuine guys."

The 6-foot-4, 277-pound athletic lineman from Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern chose the Trojans over Tennessee, Texas A&M, Stanford and his home-state Georgia Bulldogs.

"It was a pretty tough decision," Edoga said. "They are all awesome schools. Anyone would die to go to some of those other schools but I'm pretty solid, I feel like I made a good decision to go to USC."

Despite feeling confident about his decision, Edoga admitted he still might take other visits in the future.

"I'll probably take a couple of visits," he said, "but it would take a lot to sway me away from USC. I feel good about my decision."

Edoga has not decided if he will enroll early or wait until next fall. His high school coursework is set up for him to graduate early if he so chooses.

It's a big commitment for new USC coach Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans had a strong finish to their 2014 class and by heading in to the heart of SEC territory and landing one of the top players in the country, Sarkisian is showing he can recruit with some of the best coaches in the country.

With the addition of Edoga, the Trojans now have four 2015 verbal commitments, including two in the ESPN 300.