2001: Helland will aid the depth at the catching position for the Trojans.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: ?Ricky is a very cerebral, bright guy and a tough out at the plate. He is a good defensive catcher and pitchers like throwing to him. He is highly regarded and well-liked guy on the team.? 2000: Redshirted last season for the Trojans.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Earned All-Western Coast Conference honors at Ventura (Calif.) College...also earned the Golden Bat award.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned All-CIF, all-county and All-Channel League honors at Buena High in Ventura, Calif.
PERSONAL: Majoring in business...enjoys fishing and working on old cars in his spare time...biggest sports hero is Nolan Ryan...chose USC because of its strong business school and baseball program...birthdate is Aug. 29, 1979.