USC Signs 14 Prep And Juco Footballers

Feb. 7, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Thirteen high school football players, including nine All-Americans--and a junior college player have signed letters of intent with USC, new Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

'We're real excited about this class,' said Carroll. 'These talented student-athletes bring us assets across the board and fill many needs for us. Under the circumstances of our late arrival in the recruiting process, my staff did a great job of holding onto those who had already committed and then competing nationally for some very highly-regarded players.'

The prep All-Americans among next fall's incoming freshmen include WR William Buchanon of Oceanside (Calif.) High, DL Shaun Cody of Los Altos High in Hacienda Heights, Calif., QB Billy Hart of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High, LB Austin Jackson of Serra High in Gardena, Calif., QB Matt Leinart of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., DL Mike Patterson of Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, RB Darryl Poston of Edison High in Huntington Beach, Calif., DL Raymond Tago of Poly High in Long Beach, Calif., and DL Jason Wardlow of Upland (Calif.) High.

Other incoming freshmen are WR David Boler of Charter Oak High in Covina, Calif, RB David Kirtman of Mercer Island (Wash.) High, LB Bobby Otani of St. Bonaventure High in Ventura, Calif., and DB John Walker of Birmingham High in Van Nuys, Calif.

The junior college player who will enroll in the fall as a junior is DL Daniel Pryor of Compton (Calif.) College.

Buchanon is the son of ex-NFL star cornerback Willie Buchanon. Cody was USA Today's national Defensive Player of the Year (USC's first Defensive Player of the Year, joining a pair of USA Today Offensive Players of the Year that signed with Troy: Ryan Knight in 1983 and Todd Marinovich in 1987). Jackson's father, Melvin, was an offensive tackle on USC's 1974 national champions. Walker was a child actor who appeared in such television shows as 'E.R.'


2001 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES


FALL ENROLLMENT

JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS

NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL)
Daniel Pryor DL 6-4 245 Compton, CA (Compton (CA) JC/Compton (CA) HS)


FALL ENROLLMENT

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
David Boler WR 6-4 205 Covina, CA (Charter Oak HS, Covina, CA)
William Buchanon WR 6-4 175 Oceanside, CA (Oceanside (CA) HS)
Shaun Cody DL 6-5 255 Hacienda Heights, CA (Los Altos HS, Hacienda Heights, CA)
Billy Hart QB 6-3 200 Tustin, CA (Mission Viejo (CA) HS)
Austin Jackson LB 6-4 230 Carson, CA (Serra HS, Gardena, CA)
David Kirtman RB 6-1 215 Mercer Island, WA (Mercer Island (WA) HS)
Matt Leinart QB 6-6 220 Santa Ana, CA (Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA)
Bobby Otani LB 6-1 215 Oxnard, CA (St. Bonaventure HS, Ventura, CA)
Mike Patterson DL 6-2 285 Los Alamitos, CA (Los Alamitos (CA) HS)
Darryl Poston RB 5-11 185 Huntington Beach, CA (Edison HS, Huntington Beach, CA)
Raymond Tago DL 6-3 285 Long Beach, CA (Poly HS, Long Beach, CA)
John Walker DB 6-1 185 North Hills, CA (Birmingham HS, Van Nuys, CA)
Jason Wardlow DL 6-5 240 Upland, CA (Upland (CA) HS)


BIOGRAPHIES ON USC'S 2001 FOOTBALL RECRUITS

DAVID BOLER -- He was named a 2000 Super Prep All-Farwest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division VII and Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley honoree as a senior at Charter Oak High in Covina (Calif.)...He caught 53 passes for 1,100 yards (20.8 avg.) and 9 TDs in 2000 as a wide receiver and made 20 tackles with 9 interceptions as a defensive back...Charter Oak went 11-3 in 2000...As a junior in 1999, he was an All-CIF Southern Section first team and All-CIF Division VII pick while grabbing 17 receptions for 323 yards (19.0 avg.) with 3 TDs and getting 9 interceptions...He also was on the basketball and track teams at Charter Oak...Current Trojan Steve Stevenson also prepped at Charter Oak.

WILLIAM BUCHANON -- He earned 2000 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region Super 30, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF San Diego Section first team and All-League Co-MVP honors as a senior at Oceanside (Calif.) High...He had 30 receptions for 553 yards (18.4 avg.) and 5 TDs in 2000...Oceanside was 9-4-1 in 2000...As a 1999 junior, he caught 24 passes for 553 yards (23.0 avg.) and 5 TDs as Oceanside won the CIF San Diego Section Division II title...He made 30 catches for 302 yards (10.2 avg.) as a 1998 sophomore...In his career, he caught 90-plus passes for 1,621 yards and 15 scores...He also had 5 career interceptions (1 for a TD) as a defensive back in his career...He also ran track at Oceanside, with a best of 10.19 in the 100 meters...His father, Willie, was a 1971 All-American cornerback at San Diego State who was a 3-time Pro Bowler during his 11-year (1972-82) NFL career, the first 7 seasons with the Green Bay Packers and the last 4 with the San Diego Chargers (he also prepped at Oceanside).

SHAUN CODY -- His 2000 honors included USA Today All-USA first team Defensive MVP, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest Defensive Player of the Year, Prep Star All-Western Region Super 30 Defensive MVP, Long Beach Press-Telegram first team (unanimous pick), Las Vegas Sun Super 11 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division VII Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley MVP and All-League MVP as a senior at Los Altos High in Hacienda Heights (Calif.)...He had 105 tackles and 22 sacks as a defensive end in 2000, plus 50 receptions for 850 yards (17.0 avg.) and 15 TDs and 45 carries for 327 yards (7.3 avg.) with 10 TDs as a tight end and fullback on offense...Los Altos went 14-0 in 2000 and won its second consecutive CIF Division VII championship...As a 1999 junior, he received Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division VII Defensive MVP and Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley Defensive MVP honors...He had 150 tackles, 51 tackles for losses, 35 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 1999, plus 271 receiving yards with 2 scores on offense...Los Altos won the 1999 CIF Division VII title...He also played basketball at Los Altos...He spent his freshman year at Damien High in La Verne (Calif.).

BILLY HART -- He was named a 2000 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region Super 30, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 as a senior at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High...He completed 95-of-180 (52.8%) of his passes for 1,800 yards with 14 TDs and 7 interceptions in 2000, plus ran for 6 scores...Mission Viejo went 9-3 in 2000...As a 1999 junior, he was an All-South Coast League second team choice while completing 112-of-229 passes (48.9%) for 1,700 yards, 15 TDs and 12 interceptions (he also ran for 275 yards and 2 TDs)...He didn't play quarterback until his junior year...He also played baseball at Mission Viejo, twice earning All-League honors as a shortstop...He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Foothill High in Santa Ana (Calif.)...His father, Wilson, attended USC.

AUSTIN JACKSON -- He earned 2000 Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State honorable mention, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division VII, Los Angeles Times All-South Bay/Westside, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Angelus League MVP honors as a senior at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.)...He made 130 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, 9 sacks, 1 interception for a TD and 2 fumble recoveries for TDs as a linebacker in 2000, plus caught 20 passes for 342 yards (17.1 avg.) with 3 TDs as a tight end...As a 1999 junior, he was the All-League MVP as he had 100-plus tackles, 6 sacks and an interception on defense and 14 receptions with 3 scores on offense...He also had 100-plus tackles (with 4 sacks) as a 1998 sophomore...In his career, he notched 365 tackles, 32 tackles for losses, 19 sacks, 2 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and 7 forced fumbles...He also was on the basketball and track teams at Serra...Current Trojan Kris Richard also prepped at Serra...His father, Melvin, lettered at USC as an offensive tackle in 1974 and 1975 (the 1974 Trojans won the national championship).

DAVID KIRTMAN -- He was a 2000 Super Prep All-Farwest and Prep Star All-Western Region pick as a senior at Mercer Island (Wash.) High...He ran for 1,380 yards and 18 TDs, plus has 480 receiving yards, in 2000...As a 1999 junior, he made All-King County while rushing for 1,311 yards (7.9 avg.) and 18 TDs, along with 16 receptions for 228 yards (14.3 avg.) and 2 scores...He also was on the track team (100 and 200 meters and shot put) at Mercer Island...He grew up in Northern California...His uncle played football at California.

MATT LEINART -- His 2000 honors included Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region Super 30, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Gatorade California Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division I Co-Offensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Orange County Back of the Year and Orange County Register All-Orange County first team as a senior at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (Calif.)...He completed 192-of-309 passes (62.1%) for 2,870 yards, 28 TDs and 10 interceptions in 2000...Against national champion De La Salle High, he was 26-of-39 for 411 yards and 4 TDs...Mater Dei went 9-3 in 2000...As a 1999 junior, he was the All-Serra League Offensive MVP while hitting 150-of-233 passes (64.4%) for 2,400 yards with 15 TDs and 6 interceptions...Mater Dei was the CIF Division I co-champion in 1999...He sat out his 1998 sophomore season with a rotator cuff injury to his left (throwing) shoulder...Current Trojans Matt Grootegoed and Lenny Vandermade also prepped at Mater Dei.

BOBBY OTANI -- He was a Super Prep All-Farwest and All-CIF Division XI pick as a senior at St. Bonaventure High in Ventura (Calif.)...He made 115 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery in 2000 as a linebacker and also played running back...For the second consecutive year, St. Bonaventure went 14-0 and won the CIF Division XI title...As a 1999 junior, he had 97 tackles, 18 tackles for losses and 12 sacks...St. Bonaventure was 14-0 and captured the CIF Division XI championship...He also was on the baseball, track and wrestling teams at St. Bonaventure...He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Oxnard (Calif.) High...Current Trojans Chad Pierson and Jacob Rogers also prepped at Oxnard...He also was a national champion in judo.

MIKE PATTERSON -- He earned 2000 Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the West second team, Los Angeles Times All-Orange County, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team and All-Sunset League honors as a senior at Los Alamitos (Calif.) High...He posted 94 tackles, 18 tackles for losses and 7 sacks in 2000...As a 1999 junior, his honors included All-CIF Division VI Defensive MVP, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team second team and All-Sunset League first team...Current Trojan Bernard Riley also prepped at Los Alamitos...He used to live in Sacramento.

DARRYL POSTON -- His 2000 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the West first team, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Division I and Orange County Register All-Orange county second team as a senior at Edison High in Huntington Beach (Calif.)...He ran for 1,619 yards on 263 carries (6.2 avg.) with 20 TDs and had 280 receiving yards with 2 scores in 2000...Edison went 10-3 in 2000...As a 1999 junior, he was Orange County Register All-Orange County second team and All-Sunset League Offensive MVP while running for 1,800 yards with 29 TDs and catching 12 passes for 339 yards (28.3 avg.)...His career rushing totals of 3,419 yards and 29 TDs set school records...He also sprinted for Edison's track team.

DANIEL PRYOR -- He was a 2000 All-State second team and All-Western State Conference first team selection as a sophomore defensive end at Compton (Calif.) Junior College...He had a state-high 19 sacks in 2000...He earned All-Western State Conference second team honors as a 1999 freshman at Compton...He prepped at Compton (Calif.) High, where he starred in football and basketball.

RAYMOND TAGO -- He was named a 2000 Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division I Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-South Coast/Southeast MVP, Long Beach Dream Team Defensive MVP, All-Moore League Defensive MVP and team Co-MVP as a senior at Poly High in Long Beach (Calif.)...He made 90 tackles (60 solo) and 11 sacks in 2000...Poly went 14-0 and won the CIF Division I championship...As a 1999 junior, he made the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team while recording 90 tackles and 13 sacks...Poly shared the CIF Division I title in 1999...In 1998 as a sophomore starter, he earned Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team third team notice...Poly was the CIF Division I runnerup...Current Trojans DeShaun Hill, Kareem Kelly, Mike Pollard, Darrell Rideaux also prepped at Poly...His brother, Seth, is a freshman defensive lineman at Sacramento State, while another brother, Nate, plays football at Long Beach (Calif.) City College.

JOHN WALKER -- He was named a 2000 Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-L.A. City, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Daily News All-Valley first team choice as a senior at Birmingham High in Van Nuys (Calif.)...He had 5 interceptions (1 for a TD) as a defensive back, 30 receptions for 640 yards (21.3 avg.) and 5 TDs as a wide receiver, and 2 kickoff returns for scores in 2000...Birmingham went 10-2 in 2000...As a 1999 junior, he was All-L.A. City second team and All-League while making 78 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries...In 1998 as a sophomore, he made the All-Northwest Valley League first team...He also was on the basketball and track teams at Birmingham, with best of 14.2 in the 110-meter high hurdles and 6-3 in the high jump (he won the Sportsmanship Award at the 2000 California state meet)...Current Trojan John Wall also attended Birmingham...As a youngster, he was a television actor who appeared in such shows as �E.R.� and �7th Heaven� (in fact, he didn't play football until his sophomore season at Birmingham because of a clause in his acting contract that prevented him from doing anything that could affect his appearance).

JASON WARDLOW -- He was a 2000 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, 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 second team, All-CIF Division II and Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire selection as a senior at Upland (Calif.) High...He made 100 tackles, 19 tackles for losses and 16 sacks in 2000 as a defensive lineman and caught 9 passes with 3 TDs as a tight end...Upland went 13-1 in 2000 and won the CIF Division II championship...As a 1999 junior, he was named All-CIF Division II Co-Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire and All-League as he had 79 tackles, 9 tackles for losses, 18 sacks and 5 fumble recoveries, plus 3 receptions (2 for scores).

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