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    USC Football Announces 13-Player 2013 Signing Class

    
    

    Feb. 6, 2013

    LOS ANGELES - Thirteen high school football players comprise USC's 2013 signing class announced today (Feb. 6) by Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin.

    Six of those players signed letters of intent today and will join the Trojans in the fall, while the other 7 have already enrolled at USC in January and will participate in the upcoming spring practice.

    Nine players in USC's 2013 signing class were listed among the ESPN 150 (and 8 were among ESPN's top 100). In class rankings compiled by various recruiting outlets, USC's average star ranking per player (4.4 stars) is significantly higher than any other school. Five of the new Trojans are ranked as 5-star players by various recruiting experts and the others are listed as 4-star players.

    This fall's incoming freshmen are: OL Nico Falah of St. John Bosco HS in Bellflower, Calif.; LB Michael Hutchings of De La Salle HS in Concord, Calif.; RB Ty Isaac of Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy; WR Steven Mitchell of Bishop Alemany HS in Mission Hills, Calif.; LB Quinton Powell of Mainland HS in Daytona Beach, Fla.;  and OL Khaliel Rodgers of Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md.

    The 7 prep players who joined USC last month as freshmen 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. The first six of those players graduated early from high school in order to enroll at USC and participate in 2013 spring practice, while Rogers originally signed with USC in February of 2012, but did not enroll this past fall.

    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 and Cravens was Gatorade's California Player of the Year. Hutchings was Cal-Hi Sports' California Mr. Football. McQuay joined Browne and Cravens as Parade All-Americans.  Some recruiting outlets have Browne, Cravens and Bigelow as the top players at their positions nationally.

    "This is certainly a class of quality over quantity," said Kiffin. "We could only sign a limited number of players because of our sanctions, so we went after the best of the best. The talent in this class is second to none and so is their character."

    "We look forward to having these new Trojans join our team in the fall. Our group of mid-year enrollees already are well acclimated to campus and ready for compete during spring practice. Each of our signees has a real chance to make an immediate impact in our program."

    2013 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES

    SPRING ENROLLMENT

    HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

    NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
    Kenny Bigelow DL 6-3 295 Elkton, MD (Eastern Christian Academy)
    Max Browne QB 6-5 215 Sammamish, WA (Skyline HS)
    Su'a Cravens DB 6-3 215 Murrieta, CA (Vista Murrieta HS)
    Justin Davis RB 6-1 215 Stockton, CA (Lincoln HS)
    Chris Hawkins DB 6-0 170 Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Rancho Cucamonga HS)
    Leon McQuay III DB 6-2 185 Seffner, FL (Armwood HS)
    Darreus Rogers WR 6-2 195 Compton, CA (Carson HS)

    2013 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES

    FALL ENROLLMENT

    HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

    NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
    Nico Falah OL 6-6 285 Hermosa Beach, CA (St. John Bosco HS)
    Michael Hutchings LB 6-2 215 Antioch, CA (De La Salle HS)
    Ty Isaac RB 6-3 225 Shorewood, IL (Joliet Catholic Academy)
    Steven Mitchell WR 5-10 180 Pasadena, CA (Bishop Alemany HS)
    Quinton Powell LB 6-2 220 Deltona, FL (Mainland HS)
    Khaliel Rodgers OL 6-3 310 New Castle, DE (Eastern Christian Academy)

    BIOGRAPHIES ON USC'S 2013 FOOTBALL FALL NEWCOMERS

    FALAH­--His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, 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-CIF Pac-5, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Long Beach Press-Telegram All-Area and All-Trinity League Co-Offensive MVP as a senior offensive tackle at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower (Calif.)...He also played basketball at St. John Bosco.

    HUTCHINGS­--His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, USA Today All-USA second team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Scout 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football (the first linebacker selected since 1973), Max Preps All-State Division I Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team, Contra Costa Times All-East Bay first team and All-East Bay Athletic League MVP as a senior linebacker, running back and wide receiver at De La Salle High in Concord (Calif.)...He had 113 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 6 deflections, 1 caused fumble on defense, plus 53 yards on 11 carries (4.8 avg.), 2 receptions for 9 yards (4.5 avg.) and 3 kickoff returns for 142 yards (47.3 avg.) with a 99-yard TD in 2012...De La Salle went 15-0 in 2012 and won its third straight CIF Open Division state championship...As a 2011 junior, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team whilemaking 56 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery on defense and running for 88 yards on 14 carries (6.3 avg.) with 1 TD and catching 6 passes for 127 yards (21.2 avg.) with 1 TD on offense as De La Salle won the CIF Open Division state title...As a 2010 sophomore, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team while making 53 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 1 interception, 2 deflections and 1 fumble recovery on defense and catching 9 passes for 106 yards (11.8 avg.) on offense as De La Salle won the CIF Open Division state crown...He was a 3-year starter.

    ISAAC­--His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Scout 100, Illinois Football Coaches Association All-State Class 5A, Joliet Herald-News All-Area and All-East Suburban Catholic League as a senior running back at Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy...He ran for more than 1,500 yards (8.7 avg.) with 22 TDs and caught 12 passes for 287 yards (23.9 avg.) with 3 TDs in 2012 despite missing some game with injuries...As a 2011 junior, he made USA Today All-USA second team, ESPNHS.com Junior All-American first team, Max Preps Junior All-American first team, Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year and Joliet Herald-News Offensive Player of the Year...He ran for 2,629 yards and 45 TDs in 2011 (he had 515 rushing yards and 6 TDs in the Class 5A state championship game), plus 7 receiving TDs and 2 kickoff return TDs...In his career, he rushed for a school-record 5,305 yards.

    MITCHELL­--His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, ESPN 150, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF Pac-5, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Serra League Co-MVP as a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Bishop Alemany High in Mission Hills (Calif.)...He had 62 receptions for 1,100 yards (17.7 avg.) with 13 TDs, plus he ran for 202 yards with 5 TDs in 2012...As a 2011 junior, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team while catching 50 passes for 1,006 yards (20.1 avg.), running for 312 yards and scoring 19 TDs (11 receiving, 5 rushing, 1 kickoff return, 1 punt return and 1 interception)...As a 2010 sophomore, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Newcomer of the Year.

    POWELL­--His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American, ESPN 150 and Dayton Beach News-Journal All-Area first team as a senior defensive end at Mainland High in Daytona Beach (Fla.)...He had 102 tackles, 37 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in 2012...As a 2011 junior, he made Max Preps Junior All-American second team, All-Central Florida and Daytona Beach News-Journal All-Area first team as he had 104 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 defensive touchdowns...Current Trojan Leonard Williams also prepped at Mainland.

    RODGERS­--His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Rivals 100 and Scout 100 as a senior center and offensive guard at Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton (Md.), which played an abbreviated 3-game schedule...As a junior in 2011, he played at Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear (Del.)...Current Trojan Kenny Bigelow also prepped at Eastern Christian and Red Lion Christian.

    BIOGRAPHIES ON USC'S 2013 MID-YEAR FOOTBALL ENROLLEES

    BIGELOW­--His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100 and Scout 100 as a senior defensive lineman and tight end 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...Incoming Trojan Khaliel Rodgers also prepped at Eastern Christian and Red Lion Christian.

    BROWNE--His 2012 honors included Gatorade National Football Player of the Year, USA Today All-USA Offensive Player of the Year, Parade All-American, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Scout 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Gatorade Washington Player of the Year, AP Class 4A State Player of the Year, Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets, 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 Class 4A state championship...In his 4-year career (3 years as a starter), he set state records for passing yards (12,953, 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, Parade All-American, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Scout 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Gatorade California Player of the Year, finalist for Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, 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 second team, 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...A distant cousin is former Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o.

    DAVIS--His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Rivals 100, Scout 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, 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 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and All-CIF Inland Division as a senior cornerback and wide receiver in 2012 at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High, which went 10-3...He had 56 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...Current Trojan Randall Telfer also prepped at Rancho Cucamonga.

    McQUAY--His 2012 honors included Parade All-American, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-USA second team, Max Preps All-American second team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Scout 100, 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.