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USC recruiting: Offensive lineman Cole Smith signs with Trojans

USC recruiting: Offensive lineman Cole Smith signs with Trojans
USC Coach Steve Sarkisian speaks during a Holiday Bowl news conference in San Diego on Dec. 26. (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

USC has received a letter of intent from Cole Smith, the school announced.

Player: Cole Smith

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Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6 feet 2

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Weight: 260

High School: Mission Viejo

Verbally committed: Aug. 19, 2014

Schools considered: Arizona State, California, Utah and UCLA

Notes: Smith's father, Doug, was a center and offensive guard for the Los Angeles Rams from1978-91 and was an assistant at USC in the 1990s.

Smith on choosing USC:

"USC is a great school that is close to home and it allows my parents to attend my games. The connections made at USC can set you up for life after football. Between my family legacy and the great football legacy at USC, I felt like I couldn't go anywhere else. "

Smith on signing his letter of intent:

"It is a massive relief to know that my recruitment is over. It was very fun but also annoying and stressful at some points. I'm glad the way my recruitment went and I wouldn't have it any other way and I'm ready to be a Trojan."

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