USC Signs 17 Players For 2008 Season

Feb. 6, 2008

LOS ANGELES-Seventeen high school football players signed letters of intent with 6-time defending Pac-10 champion USC, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

Additionally, OL Matt Meyer of Lincoln High in Stockton, Calif. enrolled at USC in January as a freshman and will participate in next month's spring practice. DB Shane Horton transferred to USC in January from UNLV, where he started 6 games as a freshman in 2007, but will sit out the 2008 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

'This is a great class for us,' said Carroll, whose Trojans went 11-2 last season with a Rose Bowl victory and have appeared in an NCAA-record 6 consecutive BCS bowls, posted 6 straight 11-win seasons and had 6 consecutive AP Top 4 finishes. 'We put together this class with an eye on filling needs throughout our depth chart and we did so by signing some very talented football players.'

'We went after linemen and signed 10 of them, 5 on each side of the ball. And we added great speed athletes on the perimeter on both offense and defense.'

'These players will all get a chance to show they can contribute to our team from the minute they get on the practice field. The competition will be wide open and I anticipate they'll take advantage of that, helping us immensely in our quest to be a championship team.'

This fall's incoming freshmen are: DL Armond Armstead of Pleasant Grove HS in Elk Grove, Calif.; TE Blake Ayles of Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High; DB Brian Baucham of West Torrance (Calif.) High; DB T.J. Bryant of Lincoln High in Tallahassee, Fla.; WR Brice Butler of Norcross (Ga.) High; OL Daniel Campbell of Aldine High in Houston, Tex.; DL Jurrell Casey of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High; OL Khaled Holmes of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif.; DL Wes Horton of Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif.; DL Malik Jackson of Birmingham High in Van Nuys, Calif.; OL Matt Kalil of Servit High in Anaheim, Calif.; DB Drew McAllister of Monte Vista High in Danville, Calif.; RB Curtis McNeal of Venice High in Los Angeles, Calif.; DL Nick Perry of King High in Detroit, Mich.; WR D.J. Shoemate of Servite High in Anaheim, Calif.; LB Maurice Simmons of Dominguez High in Compton, Calif.; and OL Tyron Smith of Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif.

2008 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES

SPRING ENROLLMENTHIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Matt Meyer OL 6-8 290 Stockton, CA (Lincoln HS, Stockton, CA)

FALL ENROLLMENTHIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Armond Armstead DL 6-5 290 Sacramento, CA (Pleasant Grove HS, Elk Grove, CA)

Blake Ayles TE 6-5 255 Orange, CA (Orange (CA) Lutheran HS)

Brian Baucham DB 5-11 190 Torrance, CA (West Torrance (CA) HS)

T.J. Bryant DB 6-1 190 Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln HS, Tallahassee, FL)

Brice Butler WR 6-3 215 Norcross, GA (Norcross (GA) HS)

Daniel Campbell OL 6-5 330 Houston, TX (Aldine HS, Houston, TX)

Jurrell Casey DL 6-1 280 Long Beach, CA (Poly HS, Long Beach, CA)

Khaled Holmes OL 6-4 305 Santa Ana, CA (Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA)

Wes Horton DL 6-5 245 Chatsworth, CA (Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, CA)

Malik Jackson DL 6-5 230 Northridge, CA (Birmingham HS, Van Nuys, CA)

Matt Kalil OL 6-6 290 Corona, CA (Servite HS, Anaheim, CA)

Drew McAllister DB 6-1 200 Danville, CA (Monte Vista HS, Danville, CA)

Curtis McNeal RB 5-8 180 Los Angeles, CA (Venice HS, Los Angeles, CA)

Nick Perry DL 6-3 240 Detroit, MI (King HS, Detroit, MI)

D.J. Shoemate WR 6-0 220 Mira Loma, CA (Servite HS, Anaheim, CA)

Maurice Simmons LB 6-0 215 Compton, CA (Dominguez HS, Compton, CA)

Tyron Smith OL 6-6 270 Moreno Valley, CA (Rancho Verde HS, Moreno Valley, CA)

2008 USC FOOTBALL TRANSFERS

SPRING ENROLLMENTCOLLEGIATE PLAYERS

NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE)

Shane Horton DB 6-2 205 Chatsworth, CA (Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, CA/UNLV)

BIOGRAPHIES ON USC'S 2008 FOOTBALL NEWCOMERS

ARMOND ARMSTEAD-His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-Northern California, Sacramento Bee All-Metro and All-Metro League MVP as a senior defensive and offensive lineman at Pleasant Grove High in Elk Grove (Calif.)...He had 88 tackles and 11 sacks in 2007...As a junior in 2006, he had 79 tackles and 5 sacks...He also played basketball and was on the track team (shot put, discus throw) at Pleasant Grove.

BLAKE AYLES-His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, Scout.com All-American second team, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest Offensive MVP, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star Lineman of the Year, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League Co-Offensive MVP as a senior tight end and defensive end at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High...He had 51 receptions for 723 yards (14.2 avg.) with 8 TDs on offense in 2007, plus had 8 sacks on defense...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star first team, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League first team...He had 43 catches for 617 yards (14.3 avg.) with 3 touchdowns in 2006 as Orange Lutheran went 14-1 and won the 2006 CIF Pac-5 Division and the California state Division II championships...He made the 2005 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team while catching 36 passes for 469 yards (13.0 avg.) with 6 TDs...Current Trojans Aaron Corp and Michael Reardon also prepped at Orange Lutheran.

BRIAN BAUCHAM-His 2007 honors included All-CIF Western Division first team and South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team as a senior running back and defensive back at West Torrance (Calif.) High...He rushed for 1,593 yards on 186 carries (8.6 avg.) with 20 TDs, plus had 3 receiving touchdowns and 2 scores on kickoff returns in 2007...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-CIF Western Division first team and South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay MVP while running for 1,990 yards on 265 carries (7.5 avg.) with 22 TDs, getting 52 tackles and 4 interceptions and scoring twice on defense and twice on special teams.

T.J. BRYANT-His 2007 honors included USA Today All-USA first team, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, ESPN 150, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast and Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 as a senior defensive back at Lincoln High in Tallahassee (Fla.)...He had 30 tackles, 4 interceptions, 8 deflections and 5 fumble recoveries in 2007...As a junior in 2006, he had 48 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 3 interceptions and 19 deflections...In his career, he had 15 interceptions...He also hurdled for Lincoln's track team, with bests of 14.6 in the 110-meter high hurdles and 38.02 in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.

BRICE BUTLER-His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast and Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 as a senior wide receiver at Norcross (Ga.) High...He had 1,186 receiving yards with 15 TD catches in 2007...As a junior in 2006, he had 35 receptions for 680 yards (19.4 avg.) with 9 TDs...His father, Bobby, was a 1980 All-American cornerback at Florida State who then played 12 years (1981-92) with the Atlanta Falcons...His brother, Brenton, is a sophomore on Fordham's basketball team.

DANIEL CAMPBELL-His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Southwest, All-State Class 5A, All-District and Houston Chronicle Houston Top 100 as a senior offensive lineman at Aldine High in Houston (Tex.)...As a junior in 2006, he made All-District 19-5A.

JURRELL CASEY-His 2007 honors included EA Sports All-American second team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division Co-Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team MVP and All-Moore League Defensive MVP as a senior defensive and offensive lineman at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High...He had 134 tackles, 7 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries in 2007 as Poly won the CIF Pac-5 Division title...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team and All-Moore League Co-Lineman MVP while making 104 tackles, 10 sacks and 6 fumble recoveries...Current Trojans Travon Patterson and Alfred Rowe also prepped at Poly.

KHALED HOLMES-His 2007 honors included Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American third team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League Co-Lineman of the Year as a senior offensive lineman at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (Calif.)...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star and All-Trinity League first team...He was named to the 2005 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team...His father, Mike, lettered at defensive end at Michigan in 1974 and 1975...His brother, Alex, was a 4-year (2000-02, 2004) letterman tight end at USC who had 82 career receptions (tied for 24th on USC's all-time list) and was a member of USC's 2003 and 2004 national championship squad, and then played with the NFL's Miami Dolphins in 2005.

SHANE HORTON-He transferred to USC in the spring of 2008 from UNLV, where he started 6 games at safety as a first-year freshman in 2007...Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 12 of UNLV's games, he had 35 tackles, 1 sack, 1 deflection and 1 interception...He prepped at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks (Calif.), where his 2006 honors included Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Serra League MVP as a senior defensive back, quarterback and wide receiver...He completed 27-of-53 (50.9%) passes for 473 yards with 8 TDs and 2 interceptions, ran for 636 yards on 48 carries (13.3 avg.) with 7 TDs, caught 36 passes for 635 yards (17.6 avg.) with 7 TDs and had 2 interceptions in 2006...He was injured for part of his 2005 junior season...Current Trojans Garrett Green and Cary Harris also prepped at Notre Dame...His father, Myke, lettered 2 years (1973-74) as an offensive tackle at UCLA, was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1975, played professionally in the USFL (with Washington and Memphis) and the CFL (with Calgary), then was one of the original members of the syndicated TV show 'American Gladiators' (he was Gemini from 1989 to 1992)...His brother, Wes, is an incoming Trojan defensive lineman.

WES HORTON-His 2007 honors included Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first tam and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team as a senior defensive lineman at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks (Calif.)...He had 61 tackles and 8 sacks in 2007...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Serra League first team while getting 91 tackles and 13 sacks...Current Trojans Garrett Green and Cary Harris also prepped at Notre Dame...His father, Myke, lettered 2 years (1973-74) as an offensive tackle at UCLA, was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1975, played professionally in the USFL (with Washington and Memphis) and the CFL (with Calgary), then was one of the original members of the syndicated TV show 'American Gladiators' (he was Gemini from 1989 to 1992)...His brother, Shane, is a sophomore defensive back at USC (who transferred after playing at UNLV in 2007).

MALIK JACKSON-His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-L.A. City Co-Defensive MVP (with his twin, Marquis), Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Co-Defensive MVP (with his twin, Marquis) and All-West Valley League Co-Defensive MVP (with his twin, Marquis) as a senior defensive lineman at Birmingham High in Van Nuys (Calif.)...He had 103 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery in 2007...As a junior in 2006, he made All-L.A. City first team and Daily News All-Area second team while getting 10.5 sacks.

MATT KALIL-His 2007 honors included Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, USA Today All-USA second team, Scout.com All-American second team, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League Co-Lineman of the Year as a senior offensive and defensive lineman at Servite High in Anaheim (Calif.)...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star and All-Trinity League Co-Lineman of the Year...He made the 2005 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team...Current Trojan Chris Galippo and incoming Trojan D.J. Shoemate also prepped at Servite...His father, Frank, was a center at Arkansas (1978) and Arizona (1980-81-82), then was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1982 before playing for the USFL's Arizona Wranglers in 1983 and Houston Gamblers in 1984...His brother, Ryan, lettered 4 years (2003-06) at center for USC, where he earned All-American honors and was the Pac-10 Morris Trophy winner in 2006 (he was a member of USC's 2003 and 2004 national championship squads), and now plays with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

DREW McALLISTER-His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest and Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team as a senior defensive back and quarterback at Monte Vista High in Danville (Calif.)...He had 51 tackles, 10 deflections and 1 interception on defense in 2007, while on offense he threw for 2,222 yards with 16 TDs and ran for 377 yards with 8 TDs...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team while completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,200 yards and 22 touchdowns...As a sophomore in 2005, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and All-League first team while passing for 1,943 yards (65.3% completion rate) with 19 TDs and 8 interceptions.

CURTIS McNEAL-His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team and All-L.A. City Offensive MVP as a senior running back and defensive back at Venice High in Los Angeles (Calif.)...He ran for 1,400 yards on 136 carries (10.3 avg.) with 19 TDs, added 278 receiving yards and scored touchdowns by rushing, receiving, interception and punt return...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and All-L.A. City first team while running for 2,008 yards with 42 TDs and getting 3,106 all-purpose yards...In his career, he ran for more than 4,000 yards.

MATT MEYER-He enrolled at USC in the spring of 2008 after graduating a semester early from Lincoln High in Stockton (Calif.)...His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 as a senior offensive lineman...He missed the last half of the 2007 season with a stress fracture in his foot...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and All-Area first team...He also played basketball at Lincoln.

NICK PERRY-His 2007 honors included USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, Scout.com All-American second team, Super Prep All-Midwest, Prep Star All-Midwest, All-State, Detroit News All-Metro, Detroit News All-Detroit and Detroit News Dream Team MVP as a senior defensive lineman, linebacker and tight end at King High in Detroit (Mich.)...He had 147 tackles and a state record 36 sacks in 2007, plus caught 14 passes for 310 yards (22.1 avg.) with 8 TDs, as King went 14-0 and won the state title...As a junior in 2006 at McKenzie High in Detroit, he made All-Metro and All-City while getting 75 tackles and 11 sacks...He also played basketball at King.

D.J. SHOEMATE-His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American third team, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League Co-Offensive MVP as a senior wide receiver, running back, defensive lineman and linebacker at Servite High in Anaheim (Calif.)...He ran for 1,291 yards on 241 carries (5.4 avg.) with 24 TDs, caught 40 passes for 570 yards (14.3 avg.) with 4 TDs, threw a TD pass and had 5.5 sacks in 2007...A broken right foot sidelined him for all but the first game of his 2006 junior season...As a sophomore in 2005, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore of the Year, All-CIF Division I first team, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Serra League Co-MVP while scoring 13 rushing touchdowns, 8 receiving TDs and getting 4 scores on blocked punts...Current Trojan Chris Galippo and incoming Trojan Matt Kalil also prepped at Servite...He lived in Hawaii for 5 years when he was young...His initials stand for Dennis Jr.

MAURICE SIMMONS-His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest as a senior linebacker at Dominguez High in Compton (Calif.), despite missing most of the season with a broken leg...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive MVP and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team while getting 151 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles...Dominguez won its second straight CIF title in 2006...He made the 2005 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team...His brother, Melvin ('Champ'), lettered 2 seasons (2002-03) at linebacker for USC (including on Troy's 2003 national championship squad) after lettering 2 years (1999-2000) at Washington State...His brother, Marvin, lettered in 2004 at linebacker for Kansas State (he originally signed with USC)...Another brother, Marlin, signed with California in 2004.

TYRON SMITH-His 2007 honors included Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Scout.com All-American first team, EA Sports All-American second team, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Central Division first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Riverside County first team and All-Inland Valley League first team as a senior offensive lineman at Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley (Calif.)...As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-CIF Central Division first team and Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Riverside County second team...He was an All-Southwestern League second team pick as a 2005 sophomore.

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