Toa Lobendahn said USC had been talking to him a little bit early in the recruiting process but after seeing him at its recent linemen camp, the 2014 offensive tackle from Lakewood, Calif., landed an offer from the Trojans.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect wasted no time making his decision.
Lobendahn committed to USC one day after the Trojans landed another 2014 offensive lineman in Jordan Poland from La Jolla (Calif.) La Jolla Country Day.
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"They had been talking to me a little bit but what happened was I went to the linemen camp and I guess I did enough to impress the coaches," Lobendahn said. "That's when the offer happened.
"I felt like I did really well over there."
What's even more surprising is that Lobendahn's sophomore season was cut short because of a knee injury.
After playing five games, Lobendahn injured his knee, played three games hurt and then had knee surgery.
Because he was not a major prospect on the radar of many schools yet, the Lakewood prospect said he's thrilled to have landed the USC offer.
"I was kind of unknown," Lobendahn said. "I wanted to go and give my best out there. I'm extremely excited. I want to keep working hard to be able to go over there and play. It's a great school."
UCLA also offered Lobendahn, who said Washington, Cal, Stanford and Utah had also gotten involved in his recruitment.