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Trojans offer two 2022 standouts

USC coaches extended two interesting offers on Wednesday, as the Trojans continue to look across the country in an attempt to build what should be a really strong 2022 recruiting class.

USC joined the mix for offensive tackle Hunter Erb (Haslet, Tex./Eaton), a three-star linemen who checks in at 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds. This is a noteworthy offer because it came from new offensive line coach Clay McGuire, who has plenty of Texas roots and brings with him a knowledge of recruits who might not have been on USC’s board previously.

Erb is a Rivals three-star prospect and unranked in the 247 Sports composite, but he’s been on a recruiting tear of late. Beginning January 17, he’s added offers from Houston, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Texas A&M, Utah and now USC.

Erb possesses a big frame and is athletic enough to block out in space against smaller defenders.

USC has landed offensive linemen from Texas in each of the past two classes, bringing in Courtland Ford and Casey Collier in 2020 and signing Ty Buchanan in the 2021 class, and that will be a state the Trojans continue to hit hard.

Another 2022 offer went out in a state that USC doesn’t typically hit at all, as four-star safety Xavier Nwankpa (Altoona, Iowa/Southeast Polk) picked up an offer from the Trojans.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Nwankpa is an elite prospect, checking in as the nation’s No. 76 overall recruit and No. 7 safety.

He brings everything you look for in a safety prospect, as he’s long and athletic, can run well and will deliver a hit when he arrives at the ball. Plenty of schools have taken notice, as Nwankpa has an impressive list of offers. Alabama is the one notable school missing at this point, but Arizona State, Clemson, LSU, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas and Wisconsin made up the top 12 schools he released on Jan. 1. Since then, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, Texas A&M and now USC have offered.

With so many Big Ten schools in the mix, including Michigan and Ohio State, it might be difficult for any program to pull him too far away from home, but the Trojans will give it a shot and the coaching staff might get an assist from the newest member of USC’s 2022 recruiting class, five-star cornerback Domani Jackson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei). He was quick to take note of the offer to Nwankpa and clearly won’t be shy about trying to load this 2022 USC class up with elite recruits to play alongside him.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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