USC Football Recruiting: Trojans Land Verbal from Big JUCO D-Tackle

Rick McMahanSenior Writer IMay 3, 2013

HONOLULU - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive and Recruiting Coordinator Ed Orgeron of the University of Souther California Trojans leads the team to the edge of the tunnel before the start of the Trojan's season opener against the Hawaii Warriors at Aloha Stadium September 2, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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Things have been somewhat slow for USC on the recruiting trail this spring, but that changed when it landed a verbal commitment from Michael Wyche, a defensive tackle from East Los Angeles College in California.

According to ESPN's Blair Angulo, Wyche gave his pledge to the Trojans after being offered a scholarship on a recent unofficial trip to USC.

USC needs interior linemen on the defense after several decommitments in 2012. In Wyche, the Trojans get a big one.

At 6'4" and 330 pounds, Wyche has the girth to clog the middle, but according to his coach Steve Mojarro, he also has the capability to make plays in the opponent's backfield.

Said Mojarro,

The thing about him is he's going to demand a double team. That's exciting for us. Two offensive linemen are going to have to block him, which puts us at four-on-four in the line battle. It's not that he's a true plugger because he can actually get through people, but he's got the ability and size to get a strong push up front.

Wyche will have two years to play two seasons but plans on petitioning the NCAA for a hardship year after losing his mother to cancer, according to the article.

In addition to USC, Wyche also held offers from Washington State, Arkansas State and Troy, although most of the Pac-12 has been in touch with him as well.

It is also worth noting that USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was the contact for Wyche and likely made the decision to offer him the scholarship.