Football
    USC Football Announces 2015 Signing Class

    Steve Sarkisian
    
    Feb. 4, 2015
    

    LOS ANGELES - Eighteen high school football players and a junior college player signed letters of intent with USC today (Feb. 4) and will join the Trojan program in the fall, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian announced.

    They are part of a 24-member signing class that includes 5 other players who already enrolled at USC in January and will participate in the upcoming spring practice.

    Most recruiting media outlets ranked USC's class in the national Top 3, including No. 1 by Rivals.com, Scout.com and Prep Star, No. 2 by 247Sports.com and No. 3 by ESPN.com.  All those rankings had the Trojans tops in the Pac-12.

    Sixteen prep players in USC's signing class are listed among the ESPN 300, including nine in the top 100.  Eighteen are All-American first teamers, including four Parade and two USA Today first team picks.  Fourteen were named All-State first team.

    This fall's incoming freshmen are, alphabetically:  DL Jacob Daniel of Clovis (Calif.) North HS;  QB Sam Darnold of San Clemente (Calif.) HS;  RB-WR Dominic Davis of Bishop Alemany HS in Mission Hills (Calif.);  DL Rasheem Green of Serra HS in Gardena (Calif.);  LB Porter Gustin of Salem (Ut.) Hills HS;  LB John Houston Jr. of Serra HS in Gardena (Calif.); DL Noah Jefferson of Liberty HS in Henderson (Nev.);  RB Ronald Jones II of McKinney (Tex.) North HS;  DB-WR Isaiah Langley of Foothill HS in Pleasanton (Calif.);  DB Iman Marshall of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS;  LB-TE Osa Masina of Brighton HS in Cottonwood Heights (Ut.);  TE Tyler Petite of Campolindo HS in Moraga (Calif.);  DL Christian Rector of Loyola HS in Los Angeles (Calif.);  DB-WR Ykili Ross of Riverside (Calif.) Poly HS;  DL Kevin Scott of Salesian HS in Los Angeles (Calif.);  OL Cole Smith of Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS;  DB Marvell Tell III of Crespi HS in Encino (Calif.);  and RB Aca'Cedric Ware of Cedar Hill (Tex.) HS.

    The junior college transfer who will be joining USC this fall as a junior is WR De'Quan Hampton of Long Beach (Calif.) City College.

    The 5 players who joined USC last month are junior WR Isaac Whitney of Riverside (Calif.) Community College and a quartet of freshmen who graduated a semester early from high school:  OL Chuma Edoga of McEachern HS in Powder Springs (Ga.);  OL Roy Hemsley of Windward School in Los Angeles (Calif.);  LB Cameron Smith of Granite Bay (Calif.) HS;  and QB Ricky Town of St. Bonaventure HS in Ventura (Calif.).

    "Our coaching staff worked extremely hard to put together this outstanding class of players who are not only talented but of high character," said Sarkisian.  "It is great to be able to sign a full class this year.  Had this been last year, many of the players we signed today would have had to go somewhere else.

    "This is a balanced class, as we were able to sign players from every position group and address our depth issues.  We also signed very dynamic and skilled players who will help us win championships."

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    2015 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES
    SPRING ENROLLMENT - HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
    NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
    Chuma Edoga OL 6-4 285 Atlanta, GA (McEachern HS)
    Roy Hemsley OL 6-6 310 Los Angeles, CA (Windward School)
    Cameron Smith LB 6-3 240 Roseville, CA (Granite Bay HS)
    Ricky Town QB 6-3 205 Thousand Oaks, CA (St. Bonaventure HS)
    SPRING ENROLLMENT - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS
    NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL/JUNIOR COLLEGE)
    Isaac Whitney WR 6-4 205 Oklahoma City, OK (Southmoore HS/Central Oklahoma/Riverside CC)
     
    FALL ENROLLMENT - HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
    NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
    Jacob Daniel DL 6-4 325 Fresno, CA (Clovis North HS)
    Sam Darnold QB 6-4 215 Capistrano Beach, CA (San Clemente HS)
    Dominic Davis RB-WR 5-10 175 Los Angeles, CA (Bishop Alemany HS)
    Rasheem Green DL 6-5 285 Los Angeles, CA (Serra HS)
    Porter Gustin LB 6-5 250 Elk Ridge, UT (Salem Hills HS)
    John Houston Jr. LB 6-3 220 Carson, CA (Serra HS)
    Noah Jefferson DL 6-6 330 Las Vegas, NV (Liberty HS)
    Ronald Jones II RB 6-0 185 McKinney, TX (McKinney North HS)
    Isaiah Langley DB-WR 6-0 165 Hayward, CA (Foothill HS)
    Iman Marshall DB 6-2 200 Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly HS)
    Osa Masina LB-TE 6-4 245 Salt Lake City, UT (Brighton HS)
    Tyler Petite TE 6-6 235 Lafayette, CA (Campolindo HS)
    Christian Rector DL 6-5 260 South Pasadena, CA (Loyola HS)
    Ykili Ross DB-WR 6-2 185 Riverside, CA (Riverside Poly HS)
    Kevin Scott DL 6-5 315 Duarte, CA (Salesian HS)
    Cole Smith OL 6-4 280 Mission Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo HS)
    Marvell Tell III DB 6-2 190 Pasadena, CA (Crespi HS)
    Aca'Cedric Ware RB 6-0 200 DeSoto, TX (Cedar Hill HS)
    FALL ENROLLMENT - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS
    NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL/JUNIOR COLLEGE)
    De'Quan Hampton WR 6-4 220 Carson, CA (Dominguez HS/Long Beach CC)

    BIOGRAPHIES ON USC FOOTBALL'S 2015 FALL NEWCOMERS

    EDOGA--He made 2014 Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, All-State Class AAAAAA first team and USA Today All-Georgia as a senior offensive tackle at McEachern High in Powder Springs (Ga.). As a 2013 junior, he made Student Sports Junior All-American first team and All-State Class AAAAAA first team.

    HEMSLEY--He made 2014 Prep Star All-American and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 as a senior 2-way tackle at Windward School in Los Angeles (Calif.). He had 38 tackles (6 for losses), 2 deflections and a fumble recovery in 2014. He made Los Angeles Journal All-Westside and All-Alpha League as a junior 2-way tackle in 2013, notching 34 tackles (with 3 sacks) and 5 deflections on defense. He started both ways at tackle as a 2012 sophomore, getting 5 tackles on defense. He also played basketball at Windward, making the All-Alpha League as a 2014 junior, averaging 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as a 2013 sophomore and averaging 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds as a 2012 freshman.

    Ca. SMITH--He made 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, USA Today All-California, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Max Preps All-Northern California first team, Max Preps All-Sac-Joaquin first team and Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team as a senior linebacker at Granite Bay (Calif.) High. He had 148 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions (2 for TDs) in 2014. As a junior in 2013, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, Max Preps All-Northern California second team, Max Preps All-Sac-Joaquin second team and Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team as he had 126 tackles, including 5 for losses, 3 interceptions, 3 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and Max Preps All-Sac-Joaquin Section first team as a 2012 sophomore, posting 196 tackles (including 8 for losses, with 3.5 sacks) and 4 interceptions. Granite Bay won the California state championship in 2012. He had 11 interceptions in his career. He also was on Granite Bay's baseball and wrestling teams. He played against eighth graders when he was in fourth grade.

    TOWN--He made 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Ventura County Star All-County and All-Marmonte League first team as a senior quarterback at St. Bonaventure High in Ventura (Calif.). He completed 192-of-290 passes (66.2%) for 2,639 yards and 28 TDs with just 3 interceptions in 2014 (he did not throw an interception in his first 8 games). As a junior in 2013, he was Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior third team, All-County, All-CIF and All-League while throwing for 2,500 yards (70.0% completions) and 30 TDs. As a 2012 sophomore, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team. In his 3-year career as a starter, he threw for 2,040 yards with 76 TDs. Current Trojans Bryce Dixon and Davonte Nunnery also prepped at St. Bonaventure.

    WHITNEY--He made 2014 Prep Star JUCO All-American, All-Southern California Football Association National Division Central League second team as a sophomore wide receiver at Riverside (Calif.) Community College. He had 49 receptions for 809 yards (16.5 avg) with 4 TDs and returned 6 kickoffs for 128 yards (21.3 avg) in 2014. Riverside went 10-2 in 2014, was ranked No. 1 in the state, captured the Southern California Football Association National Central championship, won the National Bowl and advanced to the California Community College Athletic Association state semifinals. As a redshirt freshman at NCAA Division II Central Oklahoma in 2013, he had 11 receptions for 100 yards (9.1 avg), plus he had a tackle and a fumble recovery. He redshirted at Central Oklahoma as a first-year freshman in 2012. He attended Southmoore High in Moore (Okla.), earning Prep Star All-Midlands Region and All-District 6A-3 honors as a 2011 senior wide receiver and defensive back, getting 25 catches for 415 yards (16.6 avg) with 7 TDs (he also had a 73-yard scoring run). He played defensive back earlier in his prep career. He also was on Southmoore's track team.

    BIOGRAPHIES ON USC FOOTBALL'S 2015 FALL NEWCOMERS

    DANIEL--He made 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 despite playing only 2 games in 2014 as a senior defensive tackle at Clovis North High in Fresno (Calif.) because of a knee injury. As a junior in 2013, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team as a member of Clovis North's Central California championship team. He also played basketball at Clovis North.

    DARNOLD--He made the 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Southwest Division Offensive MVP and Orange County Register All-Orange County Offensive Player of the Year as a senior quarterback at San Clemente (Calif.) High as he completed 213-of-314 passes (67.8%) for 2,985 yards with 39 TDs and 8 interceptions and he ran for 785 yards on 125 carries (6.3 avg) with 13 TDs. He set school season records for passing yards, passing TDs, completions and total yards (3,770) in 2014. He twice threw a school-record 5 TDs in a game in 2014. San Clemente advanced to the 2014 CIF Southwest Division championship game (he threw for 204 yards and ran for 181 yards in the game). He completed 29-of-46 passes (63.0%) for 337 yards with 4 TDs and ran for 322 yards on 35 carries (9.2 avg) with 5 TDs as a 2013 junior before he broke his foot in the third game of the season and was sidelined for the final 8 games. As a 2012 sophomore, he hit 40-of-60 passes (66.7%) for 411 yards and 3 TDs and ran for 143 yards on 37 carries (3.9 avg) with a TD, plus he caught 9 passes for 153 yards (17.0 avg) with 1 TD and he made 27 tackles (with 2 sacks), an interception and 3 deflections. He went 15-3 as a starter in his 3-year career. He also played basketball at San Clemente, earning All-League MVP honors as a 2013 sophomore. He missed most of his 2014 junior season recovering from his broken foot suffered in the football season and then he broke a finger. He also played baseball at San Clemente. Current Trojan Christian Tober also prepped at San Clemente.

    DAVIS--He made 2014 Prep Star All-American and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 as a senior running back, wide receiver and cornerback at Bishop Alemany High in Mission Hills (Calif.). As a 2013 junior, he made All-CIF Pac 5 Division as a running back. He broke his collarbone as a 2012 sophomore. He also sprinted for Bishop Alemany's track team, with bests of 10.47 in the 100 meters and 21.48 in the 200 meters. He was fourth in the 100 (10.51) at the 2014 California state meet as a junior. Current Trojan Steven Mitchell also prepped at Bishop Alemany.

    GREEN --He made 2014 USA Today All-USA first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League Co-Defensive MVP as a senior defensive lineman at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He had 46 tackles, including 23 for losses (with 8 sacks), plus a forced fumble and a deflection in 2014. As a junior in 2013, he made Max Preps Junior All-American first team, Student Sports Junior All-American second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Western Division, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League Lineman MVP as he had 57 tackles, including 26 for losses (with 14 sacks), plus a deflection and a forced fumble. He had 21 tackles (1.5 sacks) as a 2012 sophomore. Current Trojans Adoree' Jackson, Olajuwon Tucker, Jalen Greene and Jalen Jones also prepped at Serra, as did incoming Trojan John Houston.

    GUSTIN--He made 2014 Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-Utah and All-State first team as a senior linebacker and quarterback at Salem (Ut.) Hills High. He had 152 tackles, with 29 for losses (10.5 sacks), plus 2 interceptions, 2 deflections and a fumble recovery on defense and he completed 212-of-349 passes (60.7%) for 2,864 yards with 22 TDs and 7 interceptions and ran for 891 yards on 92 carries (9.7 avg) with 10 TDs on offense in 2014. As a junior in 2013, he had 78 tackles, including 17 for losses (with 2 sacks), 2 deflections, a forced fumble and an interception on defense and he completed 63-of-107 passes (58.9%) for 1,273 yards with 13 TDs and 3 interceptions and ran for 260 yards on 41 carries (6.3 avg) with 2 TDs on offense. He also was on the baseball (pitcher with a 93 mph fastball), basketball and track (javelin throw, best of 184-1) teams at Salem Hills. He spent his 2012 sophomore season at Emmett (Id.) High, earning All-4A Southern Idaho Conference first team honors. His father, John Gustin, played quarterback at Wyoming (1991-94), while his mother, Scarlett Overly Gustin, and his aunt, Amberli Gustin, were the Gatorade Idaho Girls High School Basketball Players of the Year in 1987 and 1989, respectively (they both played basketball at BYU, Scarlett from 1987 to 1989 and Amberli from 1989-1994).

    HAMPTON--He made 2014 Prep Star JUCO All-American and All-Southern California Football Association National Division Central League second team as he had 64 receptions for 839 yards (13.1 avg) with 7 TDs, plus 2 tackles, in 2014 as a sophomore wide receiver at Long Beach (Calif.) City College. LBCC went 9-2 in 2014 and won the Beach Bowl. As a 2013 freshman at LBCC, he had 50 receptions for 854 yards (17.1 avg) with 12 TDs, plus a 16-yard kickoff return and a tackle. He prepped at Dominguez High in Compton (Calif.).

    HOUSTON Jr.--He made 2014 Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, USA Today All-California, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Defensive Player of the Year and All-Mission League Co-MVP as a senior linebacker at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He had 147 tackles (6 for losses, with 3 sacks), 3 interceptions, 4 deflections, 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 2014. As a junior in 2013, he made Student Sports Junior All-American first team, Max Preps Junior All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Western Division, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League first team as he had 137 tackles (6 for losses), 9 deflections and 2 fumble recoveries. He made Max Preps Sophomore All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and All-Mission League second team as he had 129 tackles, 5 deflections, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble as a 2012 sophomore. He was a 3-year starter. Current Trojans Adoree' Jackson, Olajuwon Tucker, Jalen Greene and Jalen Jones also prepped at Serra, as did incoming Trojan Rasheem Green.

    JEFFERSON--He made 2014 Prep Star All-West Region, USA Today All-Nevada and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 as a senior defensive tackle/end and tight end at Liberty High in Henderson (Nev.). He had 35 tackles (6.5 sacks) on defense and caught 12 passes for 233 yards (19.4 avg) with 3 TDs on offense in 2014. As a junior in 2013, he had 34 tackles and a deflection, along with 25 catches for 462 yards (18.5 avg) with 5 TDs. He also played basketball at Liberty. His father, Ben, played offensive line at Maryland, with the Cleveland Browns (1990), Los Angeles Raiders and Indianapolis Colts and then in the CFL, World League and NFL Europe. His brother, Cameron played offensive line at UNLV (2011-13) and Arkansas (2014).

    JONES II--He made 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team and USA Today All-Texas as a senior running back at McKinney (Tex.) North High. He ran for 2,009 yards (8.4 avg) with 28 TDs as a senior in 2014. As a junior in 2013, he ran for 2,406 yards (9.9 avg) with 39 TDs. He had 520 rushing yards (7.2 avg) with 9 TDs as a 2012 sophomore. He had 4,935 yards (8.9 avg) and 76 TD on the ground in his 3-year career.

    LANGLEY--He made 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Max Preps All-State Division I second team, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Max Preps All-Northern California first team, Contra Costa Times All-East Bay and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro as a senior cornerback and wide receiver at Foothill High in Pleasanton (Calif.). He returned an interception and a fumble for TDs on defense and caught 33 passes for 638 yards (19.3 avg) with 12 TDs (he also threw 2 TDs) in 2014. As a junior in 2013, he made Student Sports Junior All-American honorable mention and Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior second team.

    MARSHALL--He made 2014 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Defensive MVP, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, USA Today All-California, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year as a senior safety and wide receiver at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High. He had 85 tackles (5 for losses) and 16 deflections on defense, plus 19 receptions for 315 yards (16.6 avg) with 8 TDs on offense in 2014, plus he averaged 23.1 yards on 7 kickoff returns and 11.6 yards on 7 punt returns (with a TD). He made Student Sports Junior All-American first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year and All-Moore League Defensive Player of the Year as a 2013 junior. He made Max Preps Sophomore All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and All-CIF Pac 5 Division in 2012 while making 48 tackles as Poly won the CIF title. As a freshman in 2011, he made Max Preps Freshman All-American second team. Current Trojan JuJu Smith also prepped at Poly. His nickname is "Biggie."

    MASINA--He made 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American second team, USA Today All-Utah, All-State, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 as a senior linebacker and running back at Brighton High in Cottonwood Heights (Ut.). He had 98 tackles with 10 sacks, an interception, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles/ and a safety on defense and ran for 596 yards on 94 carries (6.3 avg) with 8 TDs and caught 11 passes for 168 yards (15.3 avg) with 2 TDs on offense in 2014. As a junior in 2013, he made Student Sports Junior All-American honorable mention as he had 87 tackles and 5 sacks on defense and ran for 1,643 yards with 25 TDs on offense. He had 37 tackles on defense and 706 yards on 108 carries (6.5 avg) with 9 TDs on offense as a 2012 sophomore. He also is a sprinter and hurdler on Brighton's track team. He also played basketball at Brighton. His brother, Uaea, is a sophomore linebacker at Utah.

    PETITE--He made 2014 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American Small Schools first team, USA Today All-California, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division III first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Max Preps All-Northern California first team, Contra Costa Times All-East Bay and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro as a senior tight end and defensive end at Campolindo High in Moraga (Calif.). He had 37 catches for 969 yards (26.2 avg) with 9 TDs on offense and 4 sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery and 2 forced fumbles on defense in 2014. Campolindo won the 2014 CIF Division III state bowl game. As a junior in 2013, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior third team as he had 24 catches for 495 yards (20.6 avg) with 9 TDs. He had 7 catches for 190 yards (27.1 avg) with 2 TDs as a sophomore in 2012. Current Trojan Andrew Zolintakis also prepped at Campolindo.

    RECTOR--He made 2014 Prep Star All-West Region, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and All-Mission League first team as a senior defensive end and tight end at Loyola High in Los Angeles (Calif.). He had 53 tackles, including 9 for losses (with 2 sacks), a fumble recovery and 2 forced fumbles in 2014. As a junior in 2013, he made All-Serra League as he had 6 sacks and 2 deflections. He also played basketball at Loyola. Current Trojans Chris Brown, Joe Harding and Reuben Peters also prepped at Loyola.

    ROSS--He made 2014 Prep Star All-West Region, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, USA Today All-California, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Inland Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, Riverside Press Enterprise All-Area and All-Inland Valley League first team as a senior cornerback and wide receiver at Riverside (Calif.) Poly High. He had 50 receptions for 988 yards (19.8 avg) with 15 TDs on offense and 19 tackles, 3 interceptions (with 1 TD) and 2 deflections on defense in 2014, as well as 12 punt returns for 219 yards (18.3 avg) and 6 kickoff returns for 277 yards (46.2 avg) with 2 TDs. As a junior, he made All-CIF Central Division as he had 45 catches for 935 yards (20.8 avg) with 12 TDs and 10 carries for 112 yards (11.2 avg) with 3 TDs on offense and 13 tackles, 2 interceptions and 6 deflections on defense, plus 9 kickoff returns for 319 yards (35.4 avg). He had 25 tackles, 2 interceptions and 3 deflections as a 2012 sophomore. He also played basketball at Riverside Poly.

    SCOTT--He made 2014 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, All-CIF Southeast Division and All-Angelus League first team as a senior defensive tackle at Salesian High in Los Angeles (Calif.). He had 32 tackles (15 sacks), an interception, a deflection and a forced fumble in 2014, his first year playing football. He also played basketball at Salesian.

    Co. SMITH--He made 2014 Prep Star All-West Region, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF West Valley Division Offensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team and Orange County Register All-Orange County first team, All-South Coast League as a senior center at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High. Mission Viejo won the CIF West Valley Division championship. As a junior in 2013, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior second team, All-CIF Pac 5 Division and Orange County Register All-Orange County first team. He was a 3-year starter. He also was on Mission Viejo's track team (shot put, discus throw). Current Trojans Tre Madden, Jahleel Pinner and Alex Bridgford also prepped at Mission Viejo. His father, Doug, played at Bowling Green (1974-77) and then was a 6-time Pro Bowl center for the Los Angeles Rams (1978-91) before serving as a volunteer coach with the Rams (1992) and then at USC (1993-97, the first 2 years handling the defensive line and the last 3 working with the offensive line) and since 2000 as the offensive line coach at Orange Coast Junior College.

    TELL III--He made the 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-California, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Pac 5 Division and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team as a senior safety and wide receiver at Crespi High in Encino (Calif.). He had 54 tackles (5 for losses), 8 deflections and an interception on defense and 15 catches for 251 yards (16.7 avg) with 3 TDs on offense in 2014. As a 2013 junior, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior second team as he had 41 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 deflections on defense and 15 receptions for 253 yards (16.9 avg) with 3 TDs on offense despite missing several games with a broken collarbone. He had 52 tackles and an interception as a 2012 sophomore. Current Trojan Jordan Simmons also prepped at Crespi.

    WARE--He made 2014 Prep Star All-Midlands Region, All-State Class 6A second team and All-District 8-6A MVP as a senior running back at Cedar Hill (Tex.) High. He ran for 2,440 yards on 291 carries (8.4 avg) with 34 TDs in 2014. Cedar Hill won the State 6A-II championship in 2014. He ran for 1,289 yards on 139 carries (9.3 avg) with 11 TDs as a junior in 2013. Cedar Hill won the State 5A-II championship in 2013. He also sprinted for Cedar Hills' track team.