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    USC Signs 21 Prep Footballers; Three Other Players Already Enrolled

    
    

    Feb. 1, 2006

    Signing Day Central - Video Highlights and Bios

    LOS ANGELES - Twenty-one high school football players signed letters of intent with four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

    Additionally, three others-TE Gerald Washington of Chaffey Junior College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., DL Walker Lee Ashley of Eden Prairie (Minn.) High and DB Antwine Perez of Woodrow Wilson High in Camden, N.J.-enrolled at USC in January and will participate in next month's spring practice. Washington is a junior, while Ashley (who originally signed with USC last year but did not qualify for admission then) and Perez are freshmen.

    Carroll said USC possibly could sign several additional players soon.

    For the fourth consecutive year, many national recruiting publications have listed USC's class among the tops in the nation in 2006.

    "I'm very pleased with the class of football players that we signed," said Carroll, whose Trojans went 12-1 last season, have won 45 of their last 47 games (including a since-broken 34-game winning streak), appeared in four consecutive BCS bowls and won two of the last three national championships. "I'm really proud of the job our coaching staff did in recruiting the best players from California and also getting some of the top out-of-state players. They worked hard to get a group of players who will come in and compete for playing time right away.

    "One of our objectives with this class was to upgrade the speed of our team and we've done that. From top to bottom, this is the fastest class we've brought in. We also wanted to hit it hard in the skill positions and we did that, especially with the wide receivers, running backs and safeties. And our defensive line recruits really give us a chance to add to that unit."

    This fall's incoming freshmen are: RB Kenny Ashley of Venice High in Los Angeles, Calif.; WR David Ausberry of Lemoore (Calif.) High; DB Allen Bradford of Colton (Calif.) High; ATH C.J. Gable of Sylmar (Calif.) High; QB Garrett Green of Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif.; FB Stanley Havili of Cottonwood High in Salt Lake City, Ut.; OL Zack Heberer of San Pedro (Calif.) High; WR Jamere Holland of Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif.; RB Stafon Johnson of Dorsey High in Los Angeles, Calif.; DB Vincent Joseph of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High; DL Butch Lewis of Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Colo.; DB Taylor Mays of O'Dea High in Seattle, Wash.; ATH Anthony McCoy of Bullard High in Fresno, Calif.; RB Emmanuel Moody of Coppell (Tex.) High; LB Michael Morgan of Skyline High in Dallas, Tex.; DL Alex Parsons of Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif.; WR Travon Patterson of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High; DB Alfred Rowe of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High; DL Derek Simmons of Armijo High in Fairfield, Calif.; LB Joshua Tatum of McClymonds High in Oakland, Calif; and DB Shareece Wright of Colton (Calif.) High.

    2006 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES

    SPRING ENROLLMENT
    JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS
    NAMEPOSHGTWGTHOMETOWN (JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL)
    Gerald WashingtonTE6-6255Vallejo, CA (Chaffey JC, Rancho Cucamonga, CA/ Vallejo (CA) HS)

    SPRING ENROLLMENT
    HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
    NAMEPOSHGTWGTHOMETOWN (JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL)
    Walker Lee AshleyDL6-5295Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie (MN) HS)
    Antwine PerezDB6-2205Westville Grove, NJ (Woodrow Wilson HS, Camden, NJ)

    FALL ENROLLMENT
    HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
    NAMEPOSHTWTHOMETOWN (High School)
    Kenny Ashley RB5'9"210Los Angeles, CA (Venice HS)
    David AusberryWR6'5"215Lemoore, CA (Lemoore HS)
    Allen BradfordOLB6'0"230San Bernardino, CA (Colton HS)
    C.J. GableATH6'1"190Sylmar, CA (Sylmar HS)
    Garrett GreenQB6'2"200Chatsworth, CA (Notre Dame HS)
    Stanley HaviliFB6'1"220Salt Lake City, UT (Cottonwood HS)
    Zack HebererOL6'5"285San Pedro, CA (San Pedro HS)
    Jamere HollandWR6'1"180Pacoima, CA (Taft HS, Woodland Hills, CA)
    Stafon JohnsonRB6'1"210Bellflower, CA (Dorsey HS)
    Vincent JosephDB5'10"185Long Beach, CA (Poly HS)
    Butch LewisDL6'7"300Denver, CO (Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, CO)
    Taylor MaysS6'4"225Seattle, WA (O'Dea HS)
    Anthony MccoyATH6'5"240Fresno, CA (Bullard HS)
    Emmanuel MoodyRB6'1"195Coppell, TX (Coppell HS)
    Michael MorganLB6'2"200Dallas, TX (Skyline HS)
    Alex ParsonsDL6'4"260Irvine, CA (Woodbridge HS)
    Trevon PattersonWR5'11"180Long Beach, CA (Poly HS)
    Alfred RoweS6'1"195Long Beach, CA (Poly HS)
    Derek SimmonsDL6'4"275Suisun, CA (Armijo HS)
    Joshua TatumLB6'1"225San Pablo, CA (McClymonds HS, Oakland, CA)
    Shareece WrightDB6'1"185Colton, CA (Colton HS)

    BIOGRAPHIES ON USC'S 2006 FOOTBALL RECRUITS


    KENNY ASHLEY
    He earned 2005 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep-Star All-Western, Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team, All-L.A. City first team and All-Western League Offensive MVP honors as a senior running back at Venice High in Los Angeles (Calif.)...He had 1,510 yards on 169 carries (8.9 avg.) with 25 TDs and added 10 receptions for 109 yards (10.9 avg.) with 3 TDs in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-L.A. City first team, Los Angeles Times All-South Bay/Westside and All-League Offensive MVP while running for 1,816 yards on 130 carries (14.0 avg.) with 23 TDs, as well as returning 6 kickoffs for scores and 2 punts for TDs...He was named to the 2003 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore team.


    Walker Lee Ashley
    He originally signed with USC in 2005, but did not qualify academically, but was able to enroll at USC in the spring of 2006...He earned 2004 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Super Prep All-Midwest, Prep Star All-Midwest and All-State honors as a senior defensive lineman at Eden Prairie (Minn.) High...He had 89 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and 6 forced fumbles in 2004...As a junior in 2003, he made All-State and Minneapolis Star-Tribune All-Metro while posting 74 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 10 sacks...A 3-year starter, he had 8 sacks as a 2002 sophomore as Eden Prairie won the state championship...His high school coach was Mike Grant, son of legendary ex-Minnesota Vikings head coach Bud Grant...His father, Walker Lee Ashley, was an All-American defensive end on Penn State's 1982 national championship team who then played in the NFL as a linebacker with the Vikings (1983-88, 1990)-current USC head coach Pete Carroll was an assistant with the Vikings during some of Ashley's stint there-and Kansas City Chiefs (1988-89).


    DAVID AUSBERRY
    He was named a 2005 Parade All-American, USA Today All-USA first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American second team, U.S. Army All-American Game participant, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools MVP, Fresno Bee All-Area first team and All-West Yosemite League Offensive MVP as a senior wide receiver, defensive back and punter at Lemoore (Calif.) High...He had 55 catches for 930 yards (16.9 avg.) with 13 TDs and ran for 489 yards on 46 carries (10.6 avg.) with 13 TDs, added 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries, had 17 kickoff returns for 557 yards (32.8 avg.) and averaged 40.8 yards on 43 punts in 2005 as Lemoore won the CIF Central Section Division III title...As a junior in 2004, he was an All-League selection while catching 56 passes for 850 yards (15.2 avg.) with 7 scores and adding 350 rushing yards with 6 TDs...He received All-League notice as a sophomore in 2003 when he had 800 receiving yards and 10 TDs.


    ALLEN BRADFORD
    His 2005 honors included Parade All-American (he was the all-purpose MVP), USA Today All-USA first team, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, U.S. Army All-American Game participant, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section Defensive MVP, All-CIF Division I Defensive MVP, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-San Bernardino MVP and All-Citrus Belt League as a senior running back and linebacker at Colton (Calif.) High...He ran for 1,869 yards on 143 carries (13.1 avg.) with 29 TDs and caught 20 passes for 429 yards (21.5 avg.) with 6 TDs, plus recorded 157 tackles, 12 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he was named Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Division I, Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire and Riverside Press-Enterprise All-San Bernardino...He rushed for 1,525 yards (8.7 avg.) with 15 TDs and caught 15 passes for 275 yards (18.3 avg.) with 3 scores, and also made 129 tackles, 11 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries and 1 interception in 2004...He made the 2003 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore and All-CIF Division V squads as a sophomore while running for 1,100-plus yards with 19 TDs and making 90 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries...He played on the varsity for 4 years...Incoming Trojan Shareece Wright also prepped at Colton.


    C.J. GABLE
    He was named a 2005 Parade All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American second team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Defensive MVP and All-L.A. City Offensive MVP as a senior running back and defensive back at Sylmar (Calif.) High...He rushed for 2,298 yards on 209 carries (11.0 avg.) with 34 TDs and caught 19 passes for 360 yards (18.9 avg.) with 4 scores on offense and had 56 tackles and 7 interceptions on defense in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he was a Student Sports Junior All-American, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area honorable mention...He ran for 2,026 yards (11.2 avg.) with 27 TDs, had 285 receiving yards and made 85 tackles and 5 interceptions in 2004...He had 509 rushing yards on 80 carries6.4 avg.) as a sophomore in 2003...He was the first player in Sylmar history to rush for 2,000 yards in 2 seasons.


    GARRETT GREEN
    He was a 2005 Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division III Offensive MVP and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team selection as a senior quarterback and defensive back at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks (Calif.)...He hit 88-of-141 passes (62.4%) for 1,527 yards and 14 TDs and also rushed for 945 yards on 92 carries (10.3 avg.) with 8 scores in 2005 despite missing 3 early games with a thumb injury...As a junior in 2004, he made Student Sports Junior All-American, Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Southern Section second team, All-CIF Division III, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley MVP, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-League...He was 112-of-168 passing (66.7%) for 1,850 yards with 15 TDs and just 3 interceptions and added 900 rushing yards on 94 carries (9.6 avg.) with 9 TDs in 2004 as Notre Dame won its second consecutive CIF Division III title...He was named to the 2003 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore, All-CIF Division III and All-League squads as a sophomore...He made All-League as a freshman in 2002...He was 38-2 as a starting quarterback (including 36 consecutive wins)...Current Trojans
    Cary Harris and Sean Limahelu also prepped at Notre Dame.


    STANLEY HAVILI
    He earned 2005 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Midlands, Prep Star All-Midlands, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, All-State 4A first team and All-Utah Region 6 MVP honors as a senior fullback at Cottonwood High in Salt Lake City (Ut.)...He had 2,652 all-purpose yards (including 1,500 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards) and scored 32 TDs in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he made All-State first team and All-Region as he rushed for 1,900 yards on 224 carries (8.5 avg.) with 23 TDs.


    ZACK HEBERER
    He made 2005 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-L.A. City first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team and All-Marine League MVP as a senior offensive and defensive lineman at San Pedro (Calif.) High...He had 56 tackles and 9 sacks in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he made All-L.A. City, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay second team and All-Marine League first team...Current Trojan
    Mario Danelo also prepped at San Pedro...He likes to surf and free dive.


    JAMERE HOLLAND
    He was a 2005 Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, U.S. Army All-American Game participant, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-L.A. City Co-MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team pick as a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Taft High in Woodland Hills (Calif.)...He had 56 catches for 1,188 yards (21.2 avg.) and 17 TDs in 2005, plus ran 40 yards on 7 reverses (5.5.7 avg.) with a TD, scored on a punt and kickoff return, and made 26 tackles and 3 interceptions...As a junior in 2004, he was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team as he had 38 receptions for 953 yards (25.1 avg.) and 15 TDs...He was a 3-year starter...Current Trojan
    Steve Smith also prepped at Taft...He also ran track at Taft, winning the state 100 and 200 meters in 2005 (he has bests of 10.38 in the 100 and 20.92 in the 200).


    STAFON JOHNSON
    He was named a 2005 Parade All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, EA Sports All-American second team, U.S. Army All-American Game participant, Super Prep All-Farwest Offensive MVP, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-L.A. City Co-MVP and Los Angeles Times All-Star honoree as a senior running back and defensive back at Dorsey High in Los Angeles (Calif.)...He ran for 2,197 yards on 247 carries (8.9 avg.) with 22 TDs in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-L.A. City MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Star and Los Angeles times All-Central City MVP...He rushed for 1,879 yards (8.6 avg.) with 18 TDs and posted 25 tackles and 3 interceptions in 2004...He was a Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass third team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore, All-L.A. City and Los Angeles Times All-Central City selections as a sophomore in 2003 when he ran for 1,701 yards and 18 TDs...In his 4-year career, he set the L.A. City rushing record with 5,777 yards and 58 TDs...He also ran track (with a best of 10.7 in the 100 meters) at Dorsey, where his father, Stan Johnson, has been a long-time assistant track coach.


    VINCENT JOSEPH
    His 2005 honors included ESPN 150, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division I first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team and All-Moore League first team as a senior defensive back at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High...He made 27 tackles and 7 blocked kicks in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he was named Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Southern Section second team and All-CIF Division I while posting 32 tackles, 27 deflections and 7 blocked field goals...Incoming Trojans Travon Patterson and Alfred Rowe and current Trojan
    Hershel Dennis also prepped at Long Beach Poly...He also ran track at Poly, where he was a member of the 2005 national prep record-setting 800-meter relay team (he had a best of 21.13 in the 200 meters).


    BUTCH LEWIS
    He was a 2005 Parade All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, EA Sports All-American second team, Super Prep All-Midlands, Prep Star All-Midlands, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, All-State and All-Conference selection as a senior defensive and offensive lineman at Regis Jesuit High in Aurora (Colo.)...He had 65 tackles and 7 sacks in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he made All-State second team while getting 10 sacks...He was a 3-year varsity starter in football...He also played basketball at Regis Jesuit, averaging 15 points a game.


    TAYLOR MAYS
    He was named a 2005 Parade All-American (he was the defensive back MVP), USA Today All-USA first team, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, U.S. Army All-American Game participant, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nugget, Gatorade Washington Player of the Year, All-State first team and All-Metro League Mountain Division Offensive MVP and Defensive Co-MVP pick as a senior defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback at O'Dea High in Seattle, Wash...He had 166 tackles, 5 interceptions returned for 98 yards (19.6 avg.) and 5 deflections in 2005, plus caught 36 passes for 765 yards (21.3 avg.) with 15 TDs and rushed for 3 more scores...As a junior in 2004, he made Student Sports Junior All-American while posting 89 tackles, 5 interceptions and 5 deflections, catching 25 passes for 614 yards (20.6 avg.) with 7 TDs and returning 12 punts for 392 yards (32.7 avg.) with 3 TDs...He also ran track (best of 10.48 in the 100 meters) at O'Dea, where he was a 2-time (2004-05) state 3A champion in the 100 and 200 meters...His father, Stafford Mays, was a defensive lineman at Washington in 1978 and 1979 who then played in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals (1980-86) and Minnesota Vikings (1987-88 when current USC head coach
    Pete Carroll was an assistant coach there).


    ANTHONY McCOY
    He made 2005 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team and Fresno Bee All-Area first team as a senior wide receiver, tight end and defensive lineman at Bullard High in Fresno (Calif.)...He had 70 receptions for 1,210 yards (17.3 avg.) and 15 TDs and made 65 tackles, 14 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and 15 deflections in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he was a Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and All-League honoree while catching 54 passes for 850 yards (15.7 avg.) with 7 TDs and getting 10 sacks...Current Trojan
    Nick Howell also prepped at Bullard...He also was an All-League basketball player at Bullard.


    EMMANUEL MOODY
    He made 2005 Parade All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Southwest, Prep Star All-Midlands and All-District first team as a senior running back at Coppell (Tex.) High...He ran for 1,170 yards and 14 TDs in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he was All-District 6-5A first team as he rushed for 1,319 yards with 12 TDs.


    MICHAEL MORGAN
    He was named to the 2005 Parade All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American third team, Super Prep All-Southwest, Prep Star All-Midlands and All-State honorable mention squads as a senior linebacker at Skyline High in Dallas (Tex.)...He had 203 tackles and 10 sacks in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he recorded 98 tackles, 18 sacks and 7 forced fumbles...He also sprinted for Skyline's track team.


    ALEX PARSONS
    He made 2005 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, CaliFlorida Bowl Defensive MVP, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division VI first team, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Seaview League first team as a senior defensive lineman, linebacker, tight end and offensive lineman at Woodbridge High in Irvine (Calif.)...He had 104 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 4 sacks in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he made All-Seaview League while posting 102 tackle, 7 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions...He played 3 years on the varsity...His brother, B. Jay Parsons, was a defensive end at Kentucky (2004-05).


    TRAVON PATTERSON-
    His 2005 honors included Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Division I first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team and All-Moore League first team as a senior wide receiver at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High...He had 1,097 all-purpose yards in 2005, caught 25 passes for 700 yards (28.0 avg.) with 15 TDs and averaged 38.0 yards on kickoff returns and 27.0 yards on punt returns...As a junior in 2004, he had 26 receptions for 612 yards (23.5 avg.) with 3 TDs...Incoming Trojans Vincent Joseph and Alfred Rowe and current Trojan
    Hershel Dennis also prepped at Long Beach Poly...He also ran track at Poly.


    ANTWINE PEREZ
    He graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at USC in the spring of 2006...He was named a 2005 Parade All-American, USA Today All-USA first team, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Northeast Defensive MVP, Prep Star All-Eastern, Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year, All-State first team, Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey Defensive MVP and All-Conference selection as a defensive back and quarterback at Woodrow Wilson High in Camden (N.J.)...He had 82 tackles, 10 deflections, 7 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries in 2005, plus threw for 1,700 yards with 14 TDs and ran for 195 yards with 2 TDs...As a junior in 2004, he recorded 58 tackles, 7 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles, and also passed for 1,763 yards with 15 scores and ran for another 10 TDs.


    ALFRED ROWE
    He made 2005 Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, All-CIF Division I, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team and All-Moore League Co-Defensive MVP as a senior defensive back and linebacker at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High...He had 131 tackles, 4 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 1 interception in 2005...As a junior in 2004, he recorded 72 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries (1 for a TD) and 2 interceptions...Incoming Trojans Vincent Joseph and Travon Patterson and current Trojan
    Hershel Dennis also prepped at Long Beach Poly.


    DEREK SIMMONS
    He was a 2005 Super Prep Elite 50, Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 and Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team pick as a senior defensive lineman and tight end at Armijo High in Fairfield (Calif.)...He made 72 tackles and 10 sacks in 2005, plus had 10 receptions for 174 yards (17.4 avg.) with 2 TDs...As a junior in 2004, he was named All-League Lineman of the Year while making 72 tackles, 12 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions.


    JOSHUA TATUM
    He was a 2005 Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team and Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 pick as a senior linebacker and running back at McClymonds High in Oakland (Calif.)...He had 82 tackles and 6 sacks in 2005 despite missing the last half of the season with a torn knee ligament...As a junior in 2004 at St. Mary's High in Berkeley (Calif.), he had 45 tackles and 4 sacks in his first 3 games, but was sidelined the rest of the season with a shoulder injury...He was an All-League Defensive MVP as a 2003 sophomore when he recorded 135 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 8 forced fumbles and 5 interceptions.


    GERALD WASHINGTON
    He enrolled at USC in the spring of 2006 after transferring from a junior college...He was named to the 2005 J.C. Athletic Bureau All-American first team, Super Prep JUCO 100, J.C. Athletic Bureau All-State Region II first team and All-Foothill Conference first team squads as a sophomore tight end at Chaffey Junior College in Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)...He caught 23 passes with 2 TDs in 2005...As a freshman in 2004, he had 15 receptions with 1 TD...Before Chaffey, he spent the previous 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter mechanic...He prepped at Vallejo High, where he played football just as a senior (his only catch was a 21-yard touchdown)...As a youth, he played tennis and competed in juniors tournaments.


    SHAREECE WRIGHT
    He was a 2005 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team, All-CIF Southern Section second team, All-CIF Division I first team, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-San Bernardino first team and All-Citrus Belt League selection as a senior defensive back and running back at Colton (Calif.) High...He had 68 tackles and 2 sacks in 2005, plus ran for 1,094 yards on 78 carries (14.1 avg.) with 16 TDs and caught 13 passes for 336 yards (25.8 avg.) with 4 TDs despite missing the first 2 games with a broken left hand...As a junior in 2004, he made the Riverside Press-Enterprise All-San Bernardino squad while recording 102 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries and rushing for 1,297 yard on 139 carries (9.3 avg.) with 14 TDs...Incoming Trojan Allen Bradford also prepped at Colton.