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Lobendahn takes in USC game

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Toa Lobendahn made his first-ever trip to the Coliseum on Saturday for the USC-Oregon matchup and the 2014 pledge for the Trojans had a great time even though they lost.
Still, it was an exciting trip for the Lakewood, Calif., standout who committed to USC in June.
"The environment was fun and it was very fun and exciting," Lobendahn said. "Even though we lost it was still very fun.
"It was pretty wild and it was pretty exciting. It was pretty awesome to see the inside of the Coliseum for the first time."
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound recruit left a little early to beat the traffic since Oregon was comfortably in the lead late so Lobendahn did not talk with USC offensive line coach James Cregg or anyone else but said things are good with the Trojans.
The loss - USC's third this season - does not majorly influence his recruitment and sort of reassures him that he could be an asset for the program in the coming years.
"I actually had to get out of there early," Lobendahn said. "I knew it was going to be packed. If we won I probably would have gone down there (to the locker room).
"It kind of charges me up and motivates me. I know they're not perfect, they need some help, so we can come in there and give that support and just make the program even better."
Even though Lobendahn remains firmly committed, he still has an offer from UCLA and said Stanford, Cal and Washington continue to recruit him. He's really not too focused on his recruitment though.
"I think through my junior year I'll go to some more SC games for sure but I'm more worried about getting myself better," Lobendahn said.
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