Wheeler commits to USC

LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans continued to build their 2012 recruiting class at a huge position of need, receiving a verbal commitment from offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (Santa Monica, Calif.). Wheeler is the 11th commitment for the Trojans in this class.

Born in Hawaii, Wheeler moved to Santa Monica with his family at age six and fell in love with the USC football program. Wheeler committed to Arizona State at the beginning of August, but the USC coaches continued recruiting the 6-foot-6, 260-pound two-way lineman. This past Thursday, USC assistant coach Kennedy Polamalu extended the dream offer that Wheeler had been waiting for. Wheeler quickly decided that he would make the switch and commit to the Trojans, but he wanted to wait until after USC's Saturday game with Syracuse, when he could speak to the USC coaches in person to make it official.

"It was a great honor to get that USC offer," said Wheeler, citing USC's proximity to his home and its academic and athletic successes as reasons he made the switch to the Trojans. "It's amazing to get this opportunity."