2015: Pelon was moved in the spring of 2015 from defensive tackle to end and will battle for a starting job as a senior in 2015.
2014: Pelon, who transferred to USC from a junior college in the spring of 2014, saw lots of time as a backup defensive tackle as a junior in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 3 times (at defensive tackle against Fresno State and Nebraska and at nose tackle against California), he had 19 tackles, including 6 for losses (with 2.5 sacks), plus 2 deflections and a blocked field goal.
He had 1 tackle against Fresno State, 2 stops at Stanford, 1 tackle at Boston College, a deflection against Oregon State and 3 tackles (with a sack) and a blocked field goal (on the play after his sack) at Arizona. He then had 2 tackles (with a sack) against Colorado, 2 tackles (1 for a loss) at Washington State, a tackle for a loss and a deflection against California, 3 tackles at UCLA and 2 tackles (0.5 for a loss) against Notre Dame. He had 2 tackles (1.5 for losses) against Nebraska.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: He made 2013 Prep Star JUCO All-American and All-Western States Football League second team as a 2013 sophomore defensive lineman at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College. He had 52 tackles, including 9.5 for losses, plus 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 2013.
He spent his 2012 freshman season at Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher (Ariz.), where he had 17 tackles with 2 sacks.
He redshirted in 2011 while at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
HIGH SCHOOL: He prepped at Agape Christian Academy in Orlando (Fla.), where he earned All-Conference honors as a 2010 senior while posting 68 tackles with 9 sacks. He also had 3 receptions on offense.
He also was on the basketball and track teams at Agape Christian.
PERSONAL: He is a sociology major at USC. His full first name is Claudeson.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH CLAUDE PELON
#includes 1 blocked field goal
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT CLAUDE PELON
USC defensive line coach, Chris Wilson: "He's got all the tools. He's big, he's strong, he's fast and has all the intangibles. He's a football guy, so he understands concepts.”