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Trojans land four-star lineman

Max Tuerk had just picked up his first SEC offer from Alabama last week and said he wanted to take his time, take his visits and then make his college decision.
Then USC offered and the four-star offensive tackle from Santa Margarita, Calif., switched things around and figured he wasn't waiting for anything else and that he wanted to play for the Trojans so he decided to make his commitment on Wednesday morning.
It's another big pickup for the Trojans since Tuerk, a 6-foot-6, 294-pound prospect, is rated No. 103 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com.
"USC did offer me and I'm 100 percent committed," Tuerk told USCFootball.com.
He had offers from across the country including from powerhouse programs like Alabama, Boise State, Cal, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, Washington and many others.
All throughout his recruitment, Tuerk said he would take official visits before making his decision. But during that time the four-star standout was also waiting for an offer from USC and so things changed once the Trojans offered.
Tuerk is part of an outstanding West Coast offensive line class.
The only offensive linemen out West rated higher are Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol's Andrus Peat, Puyallup, Wash., recruit Joshua Garnett, San Clemente, Calif., prospect Kyle Murphy, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes' Zach Banner, Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon's Erik Magnuson and Encino (Calif.) Crespi's Jordan Simmons. All of those recruits remain uncommitted.
USC continues to have a stranglehold on some of California's top talent. All eight of the Trojans' commits are in-state prospects and six of them are four-star recruits.