J.C. All-American Defensive Back Will Poole Signs With USC

Feb. 6, 2003

LOS ANGELES-Defensive back Will Poole, a 2002 junior college All-American from Ventura (Calif.) Junior College, has signed a letter of intent with USC, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

Poole, 6-0 and 190 pounds, becomes the 24th player to sign with USC, following the 22 high school players and one junior college player who signed with Troy on Wednesday (Feb. 5). Many national recruiting publications listed USC's class among the top five in the nation in 2003, including several which ranked USC first.

Poole will enroll at USC in the fall as a senior.

He was a 2002 J.C. Athletic Bureau All-American first team, J.C. Gridwire All-American, Super Prep JUCO 100, J.C. Athletic Bureau All-State first team, J.C. Athletic Bureau All-State Region III Defensive MVP, All-Western State Conference Mountain Division Defensive MVP and team MVP honoree at Ventura J.C. He had 42 tackles, including 2 for losses, 7 interceptions and 6 blocked kicks in 2002.

He originally attended Boston College, where he redshirted as a first-year freshman in 1999. He started 10 games at cornerback as a redshirt freshman in 2000, posting 75 tackles (second on the team), including 4 for losses (with a sack), 1 interception, 8 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 2 forced fumbles while appearing in 11 games. He had 8 tackles and an interception in a victory over Arizona State in the 2000 Aloha Bowl. He also had 9 tackles in 4 different games in 2000 (Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame) and 8 versus Connecticut. He also competed briefly with Boston College's basketball team in 2000 (following the 1999 football season), but did not see any action. He was suspended for Boston College's 2001 football season because of a violation of team rules.

He prepped at Christ the King High in St. Albans, N.Y. He made the 1998 Prep Star All-American, Prep Star All-Eastern Super 30, Super Prep All-Northeast, Prep Star All-Eastern, Tom Lemming All-East and All-State teams as a senior. He broke his foot in the first game of 1998 and missed the rest of the season until the playoff semifinals. As a junior in 1997, he made All-East Coast and All-League first team. He rushed for 939 yards with 15 TDs and passed for 276 yards with 4 TDs as a quarterback in 1997 and had 62 tackles with an interception (returned for a TD) as a defensive back. He also played basketball at Christ the King, earning All-League second team honors (his team was ranked third in the U.S.).

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