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    USC Signs 14 Prep Footballers For 2005 Season
    USC head football coach Pete Carroll announced the signing of 14 high school players for the 2005 season.  Three other players enrolled in January and will participate in spring practice.
    USC head football coach Pete Carroll announced the signing of 14 high school players for the 2005 season. Three other players enrolled in January and will participate in spring practice.

    Feb. 2, 2005

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    LOS ANGELES-Fourteen high school football players signed letters of intent with two-time defending national champion USC, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

    Additionally, three others-ATH Michael Coleman of Arroyo Valley High in San Bernardino, Calif., and Kevin Ellison of Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach, Calif., and OL Thomas Herring of Fremont High in Los Angeles, Calif.-enrolled at USC in January as freshmen and will participate in next month's spring practice. Herring originally signed with USC last year but did not qualify for admission then.

    Carroll said USC possibly could sign several additional players soon.

    For the third consecutive year, many national recruiting publications have listed USC's class among the tops in the nation in 2005.

    "This is a tremendous group of football players," said Carroll, who guided the 2004 Trojans to the national championship with a 13-0 record and a victory in the BCS Championship Game in the Orange Bowl. "We signed an outstanding group from California, as well as some key national recruits who are considered the best in their respective states. They all give us a lot of reasons to be excited about their futures. They will raise the competitive level within our program and will be given every opportunity to get on the field right away this fall.

    "This class is the culmination of a lot of hard work by our coaching staff. We're also very grateful to our current players who showed these recruits how special it is to be at USC."

    This fall's incoming freshmen are DL Walker Lee Ashley of Eden Prairie (Minn.) High; TE Charles Brown of Diamond Ranch High in Pomona, Calif.; LB Luthur Brown of Lakewood (Calif.) High; LB Brian Cushing of Bergen Catholic High in Oradell, N.J.; DB Cary Harris of Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif.; DB Will Harris of Charter Oak High in Covina, Calif.; OL Nick Howell of Bullard High in Fresno, Calif.; ATH Kaluka Maiava of Baldwin High in Wailuku, Hi.; LB Rey Maualuga of Eureka (Calif.) High; DL Kyle Moore of Houston County High in Warner Robins, Ga.; QB Mark Sanchez of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High; DL Averell Spicer of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High; DB Kevin Thomas of Rio Mesa High in Oxnard, Calif.; and WR Patrick Turner of Goodpasture High in West Madison, Tenn.

    2005 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES

    SPRING ENROLLMENT HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
    NAMEPOSHGTWGTHOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
    Michael ColemanATH6-1225San Bernardino, CA (Arroyo Valley HS, San Bernardino, CA)
    Kevin EllisonATH6-2220Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union HS, Redondo Beach, CA)
    Thomas HerringOL6-6315Los Angeles, CA (Fremont HS, Los Angeles, CA)

    FALL ENROLLMENT HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
    NAMEPOSHGTWGTHOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
    Walker Lee AshleyDL6-5295Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie (MN) HS)
    Charles BrownTE6-6250Chino Hills, CA (Diamond Ranch HS, Pomona, CA)
    Luthur BrownLB6-3235Lakewood, CA (Lakewood (CA) HS)
    Brian CushingLB6-4235Park Ridge, NY (Bergen Catholic HS, Oradell, NJ)
    Cary HarrisDB6-1180Pacoima, CA (Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, CA)
    Will HarrisDB6-2200Covina, CA (Charter Oak HS, Covina, CA)
    Nick HowellOL6-6265Fresno, CA (Bullard HS, Fresno, CA)
    Kaluka MaiavaATH6-0220Wailuku, HI (Baldwin HS, Wailuku, HI)
    Rey MaualugaLB6-3250Eureka, CA (Eureka (CA) HS)
    Kyle MooreDL6-7265Kathleen, GA (Houston County HS, Warner Robins, GA)
    Mark SanchezQB6-4215Mission Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo (CA) HS)
    Averell SpicerDL6-2265Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Rancho Cucamonga (CA) HS)
    Kevin ThomasDB6-1190Oxnard, CA (Rio Mesa HS, Oxnard, CA)
    Patrick TurnerWR6-5220Nashville, TN (Goodpasture HS, West Madison, TN)

    BIOGRAPHIES ON USC'S 2005 FOOTBALL RECRUITS

    WALKER LEE ASHLEY-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).

    CHARLES BROWN-He was a 2004 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Division VIII and Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley Lineman of the Year selection as a senior two-way lineman and tight end at Diamond Ranch High in Pomona (Calif.)...He had 15 receptions and 2 touchdowns in 2004...He was an All-League second teamer as a 2003 junior and an All-League first teamer as a 2002 sophomore.

    LUTHUR BROWN-He made the 2004 Parade All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Super Prep All-American, Scout.com All-American second team, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Super Prep All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division I Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Star Back of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Southeast/South Coast Back of the Year and All-Moore League Defensive MVP squads as a senior linebacker and running back at Lakewood (Calif.) High...He had 83 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions in 2004...As a junior in 2003, he was a Student Sports Junior All-American, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, Los Angeles Times All-Southeast/South Coast and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team pick...He had 88 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions...He also played baseball at Lakewood...He spent his elementary school years living in a small town in Mississippi.

    MICHAEL COLEMAN-He graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at USC in the spring of 2005...He was named a 2004 Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division V Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire Back of the Year, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-San Bernardino Area Player of the Year and San Bernardino Sun All-San Bernardino County Player of the Year as a senior quarterback and safety at Arroyo Valley High in San Bernardino (Calif.)...He completed 143-of-261 passes (54.8%) for 2,388 yards and 22 TDs and ran for 1,077 yards with 17 TDs in 2004...As a junior in 2003, he made All-San Andreas League first team while throwing for 1,171 yards and 15 touchdowns (with 3 interceptions) and rushing for 710 yards with 10 scores...He was on the Cal-Hi Sports Sophomore All-State team in 2002...In his career, he posted more than 100 tackles...He also was on Arroyo Valley's track team, throwing the shot put more than 52 feet.

    BRIAN CUSHING-Among his 2004 honors were Parade All-American, USA Today All-USA first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Scout.com All-American first team, EA Sports All-American second team, Super Prep All-Northeast Defensive Player of the Year, Prep Star All-East and All-State Defensive Player of the Year as a senior linebacker, running back and tight end at Bergen Catholic High in Oradell (N.J.)...He had 120 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and 7 interceptions on offense in 2004, plus 475 rushing yards with 10 TDs and 13 receptions for 456 yards (35.1 avg.) with 7 TDs and a kickoff return for a score...He did all that despite missing 3 games with an ankle sprain...As a junior in 2003, he made Student Sports Junior All-American, All-State first team and All-Bergen County Defensive Player of the Year while posting 120 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and 7 interceptions.

    KEVIN ELLISON-He graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at USC in the spring of 2005...He was a 2004 Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Division III, Los Angeles Times All-South Bay/Westside Player of the Year, South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area Player of the Year and All-Bay League MVP as a senior running back and linebacker at Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach (Calif.)...He ran for 1,661 yards on 230 carries (7.2 avg.) with 32 TDs and had 25 receptions for 414 yards (16.6 avg.) with 5 TDs on offense and 115 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions (1 for a TD) in 2004...In one game, he ran for a school-record 322 yards on 18 carries (17.9 avg.)...As a junior in 2003, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-CIF Division IV, South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area first team and All-Ocean League Co-MVP...He had 1,402 yards on 222 carries (6.3 avg.) with 15 TDs and 15 receptions for 161 yards (10.7 avg.) with 1 TD, plus 101 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions (1 for a TD) and 1 fumble recovery in 2003...He was a 2002 South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area and All-Ocean League Co-Defensive MVP selection as a 2002 sophomore...In his career, he rushed for a school-record 3,718 yards on 578 carries (6.4 avg.) and had 297 tackles...His brother, Keith, is a senior linebacker at Oregon State (he formerly played at San Diego State)...His cousin, Dominic Ellison, played basketball at Washington State and New Mexico State.

    CARY HARRIS-He was a 2004 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, EA Sports All-American honorable mention, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division III Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team selection as a senior running back and cornerback at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks (Calif.)...He rushed for 1,800 yards with 24 TDs and had 81 tackles, 19 deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions in 2004...Notre Dame went 14-0 and won the CIF Division III championship in 2004...As a junior in 2003, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Southern Section second team and All-CIF Division III while gaining 1,150 rushing yards (7.5 yards per carry) with 17 TDs and posting 73 tackles, 6 deflections, 3 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery...He was named to the Cal-Hi Sports Sophomore Al-State and All-CIF Division III squads in 2002...In his career, Notre Dame won 3 consecutive CIF Division III crowns...He also ran track at Notre Dame, with a best of 10.75 in the 100 meters.

    WILL HARRIS-He made 2004 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section second team, All-CIF Division VI, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year and All-Miramonte League MVP as a senior defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback at Charter Oak High in Covina (Calif.)...He had 108 tackles, 6 interceptions (2 for TDs), 3 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles on defense, while on offense he had 63 receptions for 640 yards (10.2 avg.) with 11 TDs, ran for 372 yards on 23 carries (16.2 avg.) with 4 scores and completed 5 passes for 100 yards and 2 TDs...As a junior in 2003, he was a Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-Valley and All-League first team choice while getting 64 tackles, 7 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery, plus catching 22 passes for 400 yards (18.2 avg.) with 6 TDs...He made All-League as a sophomore in 2002...He also played basketball at Notre Dame, earning All-CIF and All-League MVP honors.

    THOMAS HERRING-He originally signed with USC in 2004, but did not qualify for admission...He was named a 2003 Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Insiders.com All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-L.A. City first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-Central City Lineman of the Year selection as a senior two-way tackle and tight end at Fremont High in Los Angeles (Calif.)...As a junior in 2002, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-L.A. City, Los Angeles Times All-Central City and All-League squads as he had 17 receptions (including a 65-yard TD) on offense and 50 tackles with 8 sacks on defense...He also played basketball at Fremont...He spent his 2000 freshman season at Monrovia (Calif.) High.

    NICK HOWELL-He earned 2004 Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Fresno Bee All-Star and All-League notice as a senior two-way lineman at Bullard High in Fresno (Calif.)...He also played volleyball at Bullard...His father, Pat Howell, was an All-American offensive guard at USC in 1978 when the Trojans won the national championship and he then played in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons (1979-83) and Houston Oilers (1983-85).

    KALUKA MAIAVA-Among his 2004 honors were Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year, Honolulu Advertiser All-State first team, All-Maui Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year and All-League as a senior linebacker at Baldwin High in Wailuku (Hi.)...He had 147 tackles, 39 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 8 forced fumbles and 5 blocked kicks in 2004, as well as a punt return for a TD...As a junior in 2003, he was a Honolulu Advertiser All-State pick as he posted 157 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 8 sacks...He also participated in soccer and boxing at Baldwin...His grandfather is ex pro wrestler Neff Maiava and his uncle is pro wrestler "The Rock" (Dwayne Johnson, who played football at Miami).

    REY MAUALUGA-He earned 2004 Parade All-American, USA Today All-USA first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Scout.com All-American first team, EA Sports All-American second team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team and Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team honors as a senior linebacker at Eureka (Calif.) High...He had 96 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions (2 for TDs), 2 fumble recoveries and 1 kickoff return for a touchdown in 2004...As a junior in 2003, he was a Student Sports Junior All-American and Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team pick while posting 146 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 1 interception...Eureka went 20-2-1 during his junior and senior seasons...He spent his 2001 freshman year at St. Bonaventure High in Ventura (Calif.)...He was born in Oklahoma.

    KYLE MOORE-He was a Parade All-American, USA Today All-USA first team, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast and Georgia Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior defensive lineman at Houston County High in Warner Robins (Ga.)...He had 93 tackles, 22 sacks, 18 deflections, 8 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 blocked punt (for a touchdown) in 2004...As a junior in 2003, he made All-Middle Georgia, All-Region and All-County while getting 110 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks.

    MARK SANCHEZ-He was named 2004 Parade All-American Player of the Year, Super Prep All-American Player of the Year, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Scout.com All-American first team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Gatorade California Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section, All-CIF Division II Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-Orange County Back of the Year, Orange County Register All-Orange County and All-South Coast League Co-Offensive MVP as a senior quarterback at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High...He completed 151-of-245 (61.6%) passes for 2,441 yards with 24 TDs and 4 interceptions in 2004 despite sitting out 8 halves because Mission Viejo was winning handily...Mission Viejo was the CIF Division II champion in 2004...As a junior in 2003, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-CIF Division II, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-South Coast League first team...He completed 161-of-211 passes (76.3%) for 2,460 yards with 29 TDs and 7 interceptions, plus he ran for 90 yards and caught a touchdown pass in 2003...In one game in 2003, he was 12-of-12 for 326 yards and 4 scores...Mission Viejo was 27-1 in his career...He also played basketball and baseball at Mission Viejo...Current Trojans Collin Ashton, Billy Hart, Ryan Powdrell and Drew Radovich prepped at Mission Viejo...His coach at Mission Viejo was Bob Johnson, the father of former USC and NFL quarterback Rob Johnson...He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Santa Margarita High in Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.), where his first varsity pass as a 2002 sophomore went 55 yards for the game-winning touchdown...His brothers--Nick (Yale football in 1992-93-94) and Brandon (DePaul)-were college athletes.

    AVERELL SPICER-Among his 2004 honors were Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, USA Today All-USA second team, Scout.com All-American first team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team and Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team as a senior defensive lineman and running back at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High...He had 82 tackles, 14 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 5 deflections in 2004 despite missing 2 games with a cracked rib...As a junior in 2003, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team and All-Valley first team while posting 71 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries...In his career as a 4-year starter, he had 280 tackles and 37 sacks...He also was on Rancho Cucamonga's track team, with best of 11.2 in the 100 meters, 61-8 in the shot put and 170-0 in the discus throw...Current Trojan Terrell Thomas also prepped at Rancho Cucamonga.

    KEVIN THOMAS-He earned 2004 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Division IV, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-Ventura/North Coast Back of the Year and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team honors as a senior defensive back and wide receiver at Rio Mesa High in Oxnard (Calif.)...He had 81 tackles and 5 interceptions (1 for a TD) on defense, caught 27 passes for 430 yards (15.9 avg.) with 5 TDs on offense and returned a kickoff for a score in 2004...As a junior in 2003, he made All-County and All-League first team while recording 68 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery, plus getting 21 catches for 481 yards (22.9 avg.) with 1 TD...He also ran track at Rio Mesa, with best of 10.84 in the 100 meters and 22.0 in the 200 meters.

    PATRICK TURNER-He was a 2004 Parade All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Scout.com All-American first team, USA Today All-USA second team, EA Sports All-American second team, Super Prep All-Dixie Offensive Player of the Year and Prep Star All-Southeast selection as a senior wide receiver at Goodpasture High in West Madison (Tenn.)...He had 48 receptions for 800-plus yards and 11 touchdowns in 2004...As a junior, he caught 56 passes for 955 yards (17.1 avg.) with 12 TDs...He was a Student Sports Sophomore All-American in 2002 when he had 56 catches for 1,033 yards with 14 TDs...He also was on the basketball and track teams at Goodpasture.