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USC’s big OL class gets bigger with Ford

Offensive tackle Courtland Ford (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) announced his commitment to USC on Monday afternoon, giving the Trojans a big commitment from a big prospect at a big position of need.

USC has put a significant emphasis on recruiting offensive linemen in this 2020 class, and Ford’s commitment means that six of the 11 total verbal commitments have come from offensive linemen.

Ford joins Jonah Monheim (Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark), Caadyn Stephen (Camas, Wash./Camas), Casey Collier (Mont Belvieu, Texas./Barbers Hill), Andrew Milek (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) and Andres Dewerk (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos) as offensive line commits planning to sign with USC in this class. All six are at least 6-foot-5 and all but Monheim check in at 295 pounds or more. Ford is 6-foot-6, 305 pounds and a former LSU commitment.

Collier and Ford are the two recent additions, as running backs coach Mike Jinks has used his Texas history to help the Trojans in the state.

Offensive linemen are the top priority in this class, as USC is looking to replicate its success in the 2017 class, where the Trojans signed five linemen who have all started during their careers. The Trojans signed just two offensive linemen in the 2018 class and two more in the 2019 class, plus added graduate transfer Drew Richmond, leaving USC very short on numbers up front looking down the road. While this class likely won’t be asked to do any heavy lifting in 2020, the Trojans might need to find a few starters here once that 2017 group — Austin Jackson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Brett Neilon, Andrew Vorhees and Jalen McKenzie — finish their USC careers.

In addition to those six linemen, the USC 2020 recruiting class consists of wide receiver Joshua Jackson (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), defensive tackles Jamar Sekona (Greenbrae, Calif./Marin Catholic) and Kobe Pepe (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and kicker Parker Lewis (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro).

The early signing period for this class begins on Dec. 18.

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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