Spring ball begins March 5.
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Trojans get 5 turnovers, including 2 picks by Scott Starr.
2013: Ruffin will compete to for key playing time at outside linebacker as a redshirt freshman in 2013.
2012: Ruffin redshirted as a freshman defensive end and linebacker in 2012, his first year at USC. He was named USC's Defensive Service Team Player of the Year.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2011 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, Sporting News Top 125, Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team, ESPNU 150, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II second team, All-CIF Western Division and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team, All-San Gabriel Valley League first team as a senior linebacker and wide receiver at Downey (Calif.) High. He had 99 tackles with 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries on defense and 42 receptions for 549 yards (13.1 avg.) with 5 TDs and rushed for 196 yards with 2 TDs on offense in 2011.
As a junior in 2010, he was Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and All-San Gabriel Valley League second team while making 87 tackles with 2 sacks on defense and 35 receptions for 593 yards (16.9 avg.) with 4 TDs plus 174 rushing yards with 5 TDs on offense.
As a 2009 sophomore, he had 24 receptions for 302 yards (12.6 avg.) with 1 TD and ran for 161 yards with 1 TD on offense, plus had 14 tackles on defense.