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USC Recruiting: Chuma Edoga Signs Financial Aid Agreement

USC pulls five-star lineman out of Georgia.

Chuma Edoga will enroll in January.
Chuma Edoga will enroll in January.
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Five-star offensive tackle commit Chuma Edoga from McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia signed his early enrollment and financial aid paperwork on Wednesday.

While the move does not officially bind, Chuma Edoga to USC. It does bind USC to Edoga and is the precursor for a player to finish high school a semester early and become an spring admission early enrollee. He follows in the footsteps of Ricky Town, the No. 2 pocket passer in the nation, who signed his paperwork last month.

According to NCAA rules, recruits can sign them up to six months prior to National Signing Day, meaning that the window for Class of 2015 recruits opened up on August 4th.

Chuma Edoga, the No. 3 offensive tackle in the nation, is a 6'3"-6'4" and listed between 276-283 pounds. He is an athletic big man that can move defenders in the run game while also being quick enough laterally to protect the blindside for Cody Kessler, Max Browne, Ricky Town and the like.

Edoga has the frame to put on some more weight and could become another stalwart on the offensive line, potentially growing with the current freshman crop of Viane Talamaivao, Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama, etc. to produce an extra special group by their junior and senior years.

Here he is showcasing his hops after a McEachern touchdown:

The Georgia-product has also been heavily pursued by several Southern schools, including Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee and Texas A&M -- all of whom were in Edoga's final six, along with Ohio State, in early February.

However, on the same day Edoga named that group of six, he also received a scholarship offer from the USC coaching staff. By late April, there no longer was a final six, but just a final one, when Edoga gave his verbal commitment to become a USC Trojan.

With his financial aid paperwork out of the way, Chuma Edoga can now concentrate on trying to lead McEachern HS to its first state title in Georgia's AAAAAA classification. The Indians made it to the semifinals last year after going 11-3, but lost two non-region games to open this season, falling 52-49 to North Gwinnett, who started the season at No. 4 in AAAAAA, and 27-20 to powerhouse Buford, who is No. 1 in AAAA and has won state championships in five of the last six years.