Seven Heralded Prep Players Join USC Football Program
Jan. 25, 2013
Seven heralded high school players have joined the USC football program for the 2013 spring semester, Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin announced today (Jan. 25).
Six of the players graduated early from high school in order to enroll at USC and participate in 2013 spring practice, while the seventh previously signed with the Trojans in February of 2012 but did not enroll then.
The new Trojans are: DL Kenny Bigelow of Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton (Md.); QB Max Browne of Skyline High in Sammamish (Wash.); DB Su'a Cravens of Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High; RB Justin Davis of Lincoln High in Stockton (Calif.); DB Chris Hawkins of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High; DB Leon McQuay III of Armwood High in Seffner (Fla.); and WR Darreus Rogers of Carson (Calif.) High.
Browne and Cravens were the USA Today Offensive and Defensive National Players of the Year, respectively, while Browne also was the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Four of the new Trojans are ranked as five-star players by various recruiting experts and the others are listed as four-star players. Some recruiting outlets have Browne, Cravens and Bigelow as the top players at their positions nationally.
"We are excited to welcome these student-athletes to USC and have them get a jump on preparing for the 2013 season," said Kiffin. "I can't imagine a better collection of players to ever have joined a program mid-year. It speaks volumes of the power of USC that four of the best players from the state of California and a trio of five-star out-of-state players chose to come here."
NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
BIGELOW--He was a senior defensive lineman and tight end in 2012 at Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton (Md.), which played an abbreviated 3-game schedule...As a junior in 2011 at Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear (Del.), he made ESPNHS.com Underclass All-American first team and Max Preps Junior All-American second team while posting 40 tackles and 20 sacks...As a 2010 sophomore, he had 39 tackles, 5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery on defense (he also played linebacker) and 6 receptions for 70 yards (11.7 avg.) with 1 TD on offense.
BROWNE--His 2012 honors included Gatorade National Football Player of the Year, USA Today All-USA Offensive Player of the Year, Max Preps All-American first team, Gatorade Washington Player of the Year, AP Class 4A State Player of the Year, Seattle Times Washington All-State Player of the Year, Tacoma News Tribune All-State first team and Seattle Times All-Area as a senior quarterback at Skyline High in Sammamish (Wash.)...He completed 277-of-377 (73.5%) of his passes for 4,526 yards with 49 TDs and 5 interceptions in 2012 as Skyline went 14-0 and won the Class4A state championship...In his 4-year career (3 years as a starter), he set state records for passing yards (12,947, eighth best nationally) and completions (882) while completing 70.4% of his passes for 146 TDs and 25 interceptions...As a 2011 junior, he was SI.com All-American honorable mention, ESPNHS.com Underclass All-American, Max Preps Junior All-American first team, Gatorade Washington Player of the Year, Seattle Times Washington Co-Player of the Year, AP Class 4A State Player of the Year and Seattle Times Class 4A State Player of the Year as he completed 288-of-409 passes (70.4%) for 4,034 yards with 45 TDs and 7 interceptions and also ran for 221 yards on 42 carries (5.3 avg.) with 2 TD...Skyline won the Class 4A state title in 2011...As a 2010 sophomore, he made Max Preps Sophomore All-American first team as he completed 294-of-432 passes (68.1%) for 4,182 yards with 50 TDs and 13 interceptions...Skyline was the Class 4A state runnerup in 2010... As a 2009 freshman, he was 23-of-35 (65.7%) for 205 yards with 2 TDs...He also played basketball at Skyline.
CRAVENS--His 2012 honors included USA Today All-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Max Preps All-American first team, Gatorade California Player of the Year, finalist for Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football, All-CIF Inland Division Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Area and All-Southwestern League as a senior safety, linebacker, running back and wide receiver at Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High...He had 97 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 interceptions, 4 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles and 3 blocked punts on defense in 2012, and also caught 21 passes for 342 yards (16.3 avg.) with 8 TDs and ran for 200 yards on 17 carries (11.8 avg.) with 6 TDs on offense...Vista Murrieta went 13-1 and was the CIF Inland Division finalist in 2012...As a 2011 junior, he was Max Preps All-American first team, ESPNHS.com All-American second team, Max Preps Junior All-American first team, ESPNHS.com Underclass All-American first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, ESPNHS.com All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports State Junior Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Inland Division Offensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Area Player of the Year and Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Area Player of the Year...He had 98 tackles, 11 sacks, 3 interceptions, 6 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 4 forced fumbles on defense and also caught 20 passes for 239 yards (17.0 avg.) with 4 TDs and ran for 673 yards on 75 carries (9.0 avg.) with 15 TDs on offense in 2011 as Vista Murrieta went 14-0 and won the CIF Inland Division title...As a 2010 sophomore, he made Max Preps Sophomore All-American, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and All-Southwestern League first team as he had 90 tackles, 8 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles...Vista Murrieta was the CIF Inland Division finalist...He attended Temecula Valley High as a 2009 freshman...His brother, Siaki, is a senior defensive lineman at Hawaii (2010-11) who previously played at Utah (2008)...His sister, Malia, is a sophomore on USC's women's basketball team who previously played at Hawaii...His cousins, Jordan and Brynn Cameron, played football (2008-10) and women's basketball (2005-09), respectively, at USC; Jordan also played men's basketball at USC (2008) and BYU (2007)...Another cousin, Colby Cameron, is a senior quarterback at Louisiana Tech...His grandfather, Jack Cravens, played basketball and baseball at BYU (1957-59)...He is related by marriage to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham...The second cousin of his mother, Yolanda, is former Arizona State and NFL safety David Fulcher.
DAVIS--His 2012 honors included Stockton Record All-Area first team and All-San Joaquin Athletic Association Co-MVP as he ran for 1,806 yards on 229 carries (7.9 avg.) with 23 TDs as a senior running back at Lincoln High in Stockton (Calif.)...As a 2011 junior, he ran for 2,613 yards on 274 carries (9.5 avg.) with 39 TDs as his team went 11-2...He made 2011 ESPNHS.com All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team and Stockton Record All-Area MVP...As a sophomore in 2010, he ran for 1,316 yards on 221 carries (6.0 avg.) with 20 TDs as he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team...He also ran track at Lincoln, with best of 11.09 in the 100 meters, 22.76 in the 200 meters and 19-10 in the long jump.
HAWKINS--His 2012 honors included All-CIF Inland Division as a senior cornerback and wide receiver in 2012 at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High, which went 10-3...He had 53 tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal on defense in 2012 and 14 receptions for 193 yards (13.8 avg.) with 2 TDs on offense...As a 2011 junior, he made All-CIF Inland Division as he had 32 tackles and 2 interceptions...Rancho Cucamonga went 11-2 in 2011.
McQUAY--His 2012 honors included USA Today All-USA second team, Max Preps All-American second team, AP All-State 6A and Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County first team as a senior safety and wide receiver at Armwood High in Seffner (Fla.)...He had 54 tackles, 5 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal on defense in 2012 and 5 receptions for 137 yards (27.4 avg.) with 1 TD on defense...He is among 5 finalists for the 2012-13 Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award, presented to the nation's top African-American male high school scholar athlete...As a 2011 junior, he made USA Today All-USA first team and Max Preps Junior All-American second team while getting 59 tackles, 3 interceptions, 9 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble...As a 2010 sophomore, he made Max Preps Sophomore All-American second team and Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County first team while getting 57 tackles, 5 interceptions and 8 deflections...His grandfather, the late Leon McQuay, was a running back at Tampa and then in the CFL (Toronto, Calgary) and NFL (Giants, Patriots, Saints).
ROGERS--He originally signed with USC in February of 2012, but he did not attend USC in the 2012 fall semester...His 2011 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-L.A. City first team, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Wave Newspapers All-Area, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Marine League Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior wide receiver at Carson (Calif.) High...He had 64 receptions for 1,251 yards (19.5 avg.) with 10 TDs in 2011...Carson played in the 2011 L.A. City Division I final...As a junior in 2010, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-L.A. City first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay second team and All-Marine League while getting 45 receptions for 1,347 yards (29.9 avg.) with 8 TDs.