99Oluwole Betiku Jr.
2017: Betiku will battle for an expanded role at outside linebacker as a sophomore in 2017.
2016: Betiku, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2016 after graduating a semester early from high school, saw limited action in 5 games (Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon, Notre Dame) as a reserve defensive end as a first-year freshman in 2016, but he did not make a tackle. He won USC’s 2016 Defensive Service Team Player of the Year Award.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2015 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Maxwell Club National Player of the Year finalist, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California Defensive Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports State Defensive Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket All-CIF Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, South Bay Daily Breeze Defensive Player of the Year and All-Mission League Lineman of the Year as a senior defensive end at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He had 70 tackles, including 28 for losses (with 17 sacks), plus 2 forced fumbles in 2015.
As a junior in 2014, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League Co-Lineman of the Year as he had 59 tackles, including 24 for losses (with 11.5 sacks), 2 deflections and a forced fumble. Current Trojans Deontay Burnett, Rasheem Green, Jalen Greene, John Houston Jr., Jalen Jones, C.J. Pollard, Olajuwon Tucker and Christian Herrera also prepped at Serra.
He attended Bishop McNamara High in Forestville (Md.) as a 2013 sophomore, but did not play football there.
PERSONAL: He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and participated in soccer and boxing. He moved to the United States when he was a sophomore in high school, with former Penn State and NFL linebacker LaVar Arrington serving as his legal guardian.