Drew Pearson is in his second season (2014-15) at USC, serving as a graduate assistant working with the defense.
In 2014, USC's defense was in the nation's Top 20 in turnover margin, red zone defense and third down conversion defense. USC played in the 2014 Holiday Bowl.
Before coming to USC, the 29-year-old Pearson was a child and family specialist at Five Acres in Altadena, Calif., for 6 years (2008-14) after earning a graduate degree in 2012 from the Phillips Graduate Institute.
He was the secondary coach at Muir High in Pasadena for 3 seasons (2008-10), where he coached 5 All-CIF first team players who all earned Division I scholarships.
He lettered as a cornerback at Utah State in 2006 and 2007 after redshirting the 2005 season. As a 2006 junior, he started the first 9 games of the season and had 34 tackles, 4 deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery. He added 1 tackle while playing in 4 games in 2007 as a senior.
He spent 2004 as a freshman cornerback at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut (Calif.), where he made 11 tackles and an interception while seeing action in 7 games.
He was an All-League selection at Muir in 2003, getting 25 tackles and 1 interception on defense and 44 receptions for 510 yards (11.6 avg) with 3 TDs as a wide receiver on offense. He spent the previous 2 seasons at Etiwanda High in Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.).
He earned his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Utah State in 2007 after getting an associate's degree from Mt. San Antonio in 2004. He is working on his master's degree in communication management at USC.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1985. He is single. His brother, Keeyon Howard, played football at Central Methodist.
BIRTHDAY: Nov. 1, 1985
HIGH SCHOOL: Muir HS, Pasadena, Calif.
EDUCATION: Associate's degree, Mt. San Antonio College, 2004
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Etiwanda HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Muir HS, Pasadena, Calif.
Mt. San Antonio College, cornerback, 2004
COACHING EXPERIENCE: 4 years