November 22, 1996

    USC Signs Six Prep Baseball Players, Including Three All-State Picks

    LOS ANGELES, CA -- Six baseball players, including three 1996 All-State selections as juniors, signed letters of intent to USC, Trojan head coach Mike Gillespie announced today.

    All six players were selected to play in the prestigious Area Code Games (for the nation's top prep baseball players) this past summer.

    "This is USC's best recruiting class in the last 10 years," said Gillespie. "We believe that each player will be an impact player immediately. They each not only have a great college future, but outstanding professional potential as well."

    The Trojan recruiting class is as follows: pitcher Rik Currier of Capistrano Valley High in Mission Viejo (Calif.), an All-State Underclassman pick by Cal-Hi Sports; shortstop Seth Davidson of University High in San Diego (Calif.); pitcher Jon Garland of Kennedy High in Granada Hills (Calif.), the 1996 Cal-Hi Junior Player of the Year; pitcher Jared Moon of Redondo (Calif.) Union High, a 1996 Cal-Hi All-State pick; pitcher Robert Smith of St. John Bosco High in Bellflower (Calif.); and pitcher Tanner Eriksen of Bullard High in Fresno (Calif.)

    Here are brief biographies of each player:

    Rik Currier, RHP, 5-10, 170, Capistrano Valley High...He was 9-3 with a 1.56 ERA as a 1996 junior. He struck out 97 and walked 27 in 71.7 innings...He was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclassmen team...He was named to the 1995 and 1996 All-Orange County first teams and the 1996 All-South Coast League first team...He pitched a no-hitter against Marina High in 1996...He handed champion Mater Dei High its only loss in league play in 1996...He played for the USA team at the 1996 Goodwill Games...He played for the 714 Angels Area Code team.

    Seth Davidson, SS, S-R, 6-0, 170, University High...He hit .451 (51-for-113) as a 1996 junior...He had a .600 on-base percentage...He was 13-for-13 in stolen bases. He took part in 21 double plays...He was named to the 1996 All-San Diego County team...He was a two-time All-Western League pick...He was his team's Most Valuable Player and team captain...He played in the Team One Showcase game...He played for the 619 Padres at the 1996 Area Code Games.

    Jon Garland, RHP, 6-4, 190, Kennedy High...He has an 18-1 record and 1.96 ERA in two seasons at Kennedy...He was 11-1 with a 1.77 ERA last year...He was 7-0 with a 2.26 ERA in 1995...He was the 1996 Cal-Hi Junior State Player of the Year...He was selected to the Daily News All-Valley, All-L.A. City and All-North Valley League first teams...He was also All-League in 1995...He was the MVP of the 1996 L.A. City Playoffs...He has been called the Valley's top pro prospect for 1997...A fine hitter, he hit .500 as a sophomore and .303 with seven home runs as a junior...He played for the 818 Royals at the 1996 Area Code Games.

    Jared Moon, RHP, 6-5, 200, Redondo Union High...He was 10-1 with an 0.89 ERA as a junior in 1996...He struck out 106 in 78 innings...He pitched 24.3 consecutive no-hit innings, pitching back-to-back no-hitters against Culver City High (12-0) and Morningside High (15-0)...He was selected to the 1996 All-State, All-CIF Division I, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay and All-Ocean League first teams...He was the Daily Breeze Player of the Year and the Ocean League's Most Valuable Pitcher...He played for the 310 Dodgers at the 1996 Area Code Games.

    Robert Smith, LHP-1B, 6-0, 170, St. John Bosco High...He was 5-3 with a 3.23 ERA as a 1996 junior...He struck out 59 in 45 innings...He pitched an eight-inning no-hitter against St. Paul High in 1996...He hit .325 with four home runs and 25 RBI...He was named to the 1996 All-Del Rey League first team...He was an All-Tournament pick at the Boca Raton (Fla.) High School Festival...He was awarded his team's Most Valuable Pitcher Award in 1996...He was a member of the USA team at the 1996 Goodwill Games and was selected to the All-Star team...He played for the 310 Dodgers at the 1996 Area Code Games.

    Tanner Eriksen, RHP, 6-5, 205, Bullard High...He was 0-0 with a 4.03 ERA as a junior relief pitcher in 1996...His team captured the 1996 Northwest Yosemite League championship...He played for the 209 Reds at the 1996 Area Code Games and was selected to the All-Star team...He pitched for the USA Baseball Association 16-year-old World Series champions.