Football Signs 18 to National Letters of Intent

Feb. 6, 2002

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2002 Football Signees

LOS ANGELES - Fifteen high school football players-including 13 All-Americans-and three junior college All-Americans signed letters of intent with USC, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

Additionally, former Purdue starting quarterback Brandon Hance signed financial aid papers and will transfer to USC in the fall semester. He will have to sit out the 2002 season and will be a junior in 2003.

Three other players-running back Brandon Hancock, punter Tom Malone and wide receiver Jason Mitchell-enrolled at USC in January and will participate in next month's spring practice. Hancock and Malone are freshman who graduated early from high school after winning prep All-American honors, while Mitchell is a junior college transfer who is a junior.

'I'm really thrilled with this class,' said Carroll. 'We signed outstanding players from premier programs and we were able to cover all positions with an incredible level of talent. This is a big step in building the championship football program that all Trojans desire. It was an extraordinary effort by our staff.'

The prep All-Americans among next fall's incoming freshmen include DB Darnell Bing of Poly High in Long Beach, Calif., TE Dominique Byrd of The Breck School in Minneapolis, Minn., RB Hershel Dennis of Poly High in Long Beach, Calif., OL Chris Doyle of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., OL Winston Justice of Poly High in Long Beach, Calif., LB Oscar Lua of Indio (Calif.) High, DL Fred Matua of Banning High in Wilmington, Calif., WR Chris McFoy of Chino (Calif.) High, LB Dallas Sartz of Granite Bay (Calif.) High, OL Kyle Williams of Highland Park High in Dallas, Tex., WR Mike Williams of Plant High in Tampa, Fla., DL Manuel Wright of Poly High in Long Beach, Calif., and DB Justin Wyatt of Dominguez High in Compton, Calif.

Other incoming freshmen are DL LaJuan Ramsey of Dominguez High in Compton, Calif., and DB Mike Ross of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic High.

The junior college players who will enroll in the fall are DL Van Brown of Pasadena (Calif.) City College, DB Ronald Nunn of San Francisco (Calif.) City College and LB Daniel Urquhart of Los Angeles (Calif.) Southwest Junior College. Brown will be a sophomore in the fall, while Nunn and Urquhart will be juniors.

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