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USC makes top five for offensive lineman George Maile

USC will be chasing several offensive linemen in the 2022 recruiting class, and while California is once again lacking in terms of the total number of major prospects, the West region has more than a few in this cycle. One of those is three-star guard George Maile (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham), who included USC among his top five schools on Friday.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive linemen listed Baylor, Oregon, TCU and UCLA along with USC as his top five schools. He has a June official visit set for Baylor.

Maile said last fall that he appreciated how often USC was checking in with him and making him feel like a priority recruit. He also has a family connection to the Trojans through his mother, who earned her Master’s degree from USC last year.

Oregon did well with Utah offensive linemen last year, signing both Kingsley Suamataia and Jackson Powers-Johnson. UCLA has a commitment from Utah tight end Carsen Ryan in this 2022 class.

USC has signed nine high school offensive linemen in the last two classes, but landing a talented group this year might be the most pressing priority for this coaching staff.

There is really only one must-get offensive lineman in California for USC in this cycle, in four-star guard Earnest Greene (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco). Five-star offensive tackle Josh Conerly Jr. (Seattle/Rainier Beach) is a major priority and the USC coaches will chase talented long-distance targets in five-star Devon Campbell (Arlington, Tex./Bowie), four-star Addison Nichols (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian), four-star Dayne Shor (Alpharetta, Ga./King’s Ridge Christian) and four-star Elijah Pritchett (Columbus, Ga./Carver).

But while the USC coaches chase prospects from across the country, they are still finding success recruiting those closer to home. Maile is one of those, along with four-star guard Dave Iuli (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup), four-star tackle Malik Agbo (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer), three-star guard Vega Ioane (Graham, Wash./Graham Kapowsin) and new offer Keith Olson (Napavine, Wash./Napavine).

USC does not have a commitment yet from an offensive lineman in its 2022 recruiting class.

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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