USC Signs 14 Prep Footballers And Three J.C. Players; Three Others Already Enrolled

Feb. 4, 2004

USC Class of College Football Recruiting

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

Additionally, three others-WR Fred Davis and OL Travis Draper and Alatini Malu-enrolled at USC in January and will participate in next month's spring practice. Both Davis, a prep All-American who graduated a semester early from Rogers High in Toledo (Ohio), and Draper, who originally signed with USC last year out of Paso Robles (Calif.) High but did not qualify for admission then, are freshmen. Malu, from Long Beach (Calif.) City College, is a sophomore.

For the second consecutive year, many national recruiting publications have listed USC's class among the tops in the nation in 2004, including several which rank USC first.

'I have a great feeling about the players in this class,' said Carroll, who guided the 2003 Trojans to the national championship with a 12-1 record, a Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl victory. 'I'm excited about their competitive nature and how they've accepted the challenge of keeping us at a high level. They all will be given an immediate opportunity to show how they fit in and many of them will push for playing time this coming season.







'I have a great feeling about the players in this class.'
Head Coach Pete Carroll




'Recruiting has always been a critical aspect of program and of our ability to maintain a high level of play. Our entire staff, led by recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, put forth a great effort throughout this entire recruiting process.'

This fall's incoming freshmen are OL Jeff Byers of Loveland (Colo.) High; LB Eugene Germany of Pomona (Calif.) High; DL Thomas Herring of Fremont High in Los Angeles, Calif.; QB Rocky Hinds of St. Bernard High in Playa del Rey, Calif.; WR Dwayne Jarrett of New Brunswick (N.J.) High; WR Derrick Jones of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High; DL Lawrence Miles of La Quinta (Calif.) High; TE-DL Jimmy Miller of Westlake High in Westlake Village, Calif.; DB Josh Pinkard of Hueneme High in Oxnard, Calif.; OL Chilo Rachal of Dominguez High in Compton, Calif.; LB Keith Rivers of Lake Mary (Fla.) High; DE Jeff Schweiger of Valley Christian High in San Jose, Calif.; TE Michael Stuart of Westlake High in Westlake Village, Calif.; and TE Dale Thompson of Santiago High in Corona, Calif.

The junior college players who will enroll in the fall are OL Taitusi Lutui of Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Utah; LB Ryan Powdrell of Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, Calif.; and DB Scott Ware of Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College.

2004 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES


FALL ENROLLMENT-JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS
NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL)
Taitusi Lutui OL 6-6 370 Mesa, AZ (Snow JC, Ephraim, UT/Mesa (AZ) HS)
Ryan Powdrell LB 6-1 250 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Saddleback CC, Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo (CA) HS)
Scott Ware DB 6-3 220 Santa Rosa, CA (Santa Rosa (CA) JC/Montgomery HS, Santa Rosa, CA)
FALL ENROLLMENT-HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL)
Jeff Byers OL 6-3 275 Ft. Collins, CO (Loveland (CO) HS)
Eugene Germany LB 6-4 260 Pomona, CA (Pomona (CA) HS)
Thomas Herring DL 6-6 315 Los Angeles, CA (Fremont HS, Los Angeles, CA)
Rocky Hinds QB 6-4 225 Los Angeles, CA (St. Bernard HS, Playa del Rey, CA)
Dwayne Jarrett WR 6-5 195 New Brunswick, NJ (New Brunswick (NJ) HS)
Derrick Jones WR 6-2 180 Gardena, CA (Long Beach (CA) Poly HS)
Lawrence Miles DL 6-3 270 Indio, CA (La Quinta (CA) HS)
Jimmy Miller TE-DL 6-6 250 Thousand Oaks, CA (Westlake HS, Westlake Village, CA)
Josh Pinkard DB 6-1 200 Oxnard, CA (Hueneme HS, Oxnard, CA)
Chilo Rachal OL 6-6 310 Compton, CA (Dominguez HS, Compton, CA)
Keith Rivers LB 6-3 220 Lake Mary, FL (Lake Mary (FL) HS)
Jeff Schweiger DE 6-4 250 San Jose, CA (Valley Christian HS, San Jose, CA)
Michael Stuart TE 6-4 235 Thousand Oaks, CA (Westlake HS, Westlake Village, CA)
Dale Thompson TE 6-4 255 Corona, CA (Santiago HS, Corona, CA)
SPRING ENROLLMENT-JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS
NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL)
Alatini Malu OL 6-5 340 Torrance, CA (Long Beach (CA) CC/Torrance (CA) HS)
SPRING ENROLLMENT-HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL)
Fred Davis WR 6-4 215 Toledo, OH (Rogers HS, Toledo, OH)
Travis Draper OT 6-5 265 Paso Robles, CA (Paso Robles (CA) HS)

BIOGRAPHIES ON USC'S 2004 FOOTBALL RECRUITS


JEFF BYERS-Among his 2003 honors were Gatorade National Player of the Year, EA Sports National Player of the Year, Army of One Award (for effort on the field, class and community), Arena Football League Ironman of the Year (as nation's best two-way player), USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American, Insiders.com All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Midlands, Prep-Star All-Midlands, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team and Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year as a senior center and linebacker at Loveland (Colo.) High...He had 34 pancake blocks on offense in one game in 2003 and never allowed a sack in his career...On defense in 2003, he had 203 tackles, 56 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries (with a TD)...Loveland won its second consecutive Class 4A state championship in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he won All-State honorable mention, All-Area and All-Conference honors while posting 138 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks on defense...He also competed in basketball and track at Loveland.


FRED DAVIS-He graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at USC in the spring of 2004...He was named a 2003 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Insiders.com All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Midwest Offensive MVP, Prep Star All-Midwest and All-Ohio selection as a senior at Rogers High in Toledo (Ohio)...He had 500-plus receiving yards, 600-plus rushing yards, 100-plus tackles and 4 interceptions while scoring 12 TDs as a wide receiver, running back, quarterback and strong safety in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he made the Student Sports Junior All-American and All-Ohio squads while running for 1,100 yards and catching 50 passes for 700-plus yards with 26 TDs on offense and getting 80 tackles and 2 interceptions on defense...He also was on the basketball (averaging 15 points a game) and track (hurdles) teams at Rogers.


TRAVIS DRAPER-He originally signed with USC in 2003, but did not qualify for admission, so he attended Cuesta Junior College in San Luis Obispo (Calif.) in 2003 as a part-time student (he didn't play football there)...He earned 2002 Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division IV first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star first team, Los Angeles Times All-Ventura County/North Coast Lineman MVP and All-League Offensive Lineman MVP honors as a senior offensive and defensive lineman at Paso Robles (Calif.) High...As a junior in 2001, he made All-CIF Division X first team, Los Angeles Times All-North Coast first team and All-League Offensive Lineman MVP...He started for 3 years...He also was on the track team at Paso Robles.


EUGENE GERMANY-He was a 2003 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star and Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley selection as a senior linebacker and tight end at Pomona (Calif.) High...He had 143 tackles, 5 sacks and 9 fumble recoveries in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he made the Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley, All-CIF Division IX and All-League squads while getting 166 tackles and 9 sacks...He was on the 2001 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore team.


THOMAS HERRING-He was named a 2003 Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Insiders.com All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-L.A. City first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-Central City Lineman of the Year selection as a senior two-way tackle and tight end at Fremont High in Los Angeles (Calif.)...As a junior in 2002, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-L.A. City, Los Angeles Times All-Central City and All-League squads as he had 17 receptions (including a 65-yard TD) on offense and 50 tackles with 8 sacks on defense...He also played basketball at Fremont...He spent his 2000 freshman season at Monrovia (Calif.) High.


ROCKY HINDS-Despite missing his 2003 senior season because of a torn right knee ligament, he was a Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and Orange County Register Fab 15 second team honoree as a quarterback at St. Bernard High in Playa del Rey (Calif.)...As a junior in 2002, he was the All-Del Rey League Offensive MVP as he threw for 1,643 yards with 15 TDs and 8 interceptions and ran for 475 yards with 5 scores...He also started as a 2001 sophomore...He also was on the track team at St. Bernard, posting bests of 10.47 in the 100 meters (he won the 2003 CIF Division IV 100), 22.0 in the 200, 23-0 in the long jump and 6-7 in the high jump.


DWAYNE JARRETT-He was a 2003 Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Super Prep All-Northeast Offensive MVP, Prep Star All-East and New Jersey Offensive Player of the Year pick as a senior wide receiver and defensive back at New Brunswick (N.J.) High...He scored 26 TDs (including all 3 in New Brunswick's 21-14 state title victory), with 5 of the TDs coming on his 15 punt returns (for a 48.0 average) in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he had 40 receptions for 956 yards (23.9 avg.) with 17 TDs on offense and 24 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense...He also played basketball at New Brunswick.


DERRICK JONES-He earned 2003 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section second team, All-CIF Division I and Los Angeles Times All-Southeast/South Coast honors as a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High...He caught 49 passes for 930 yards (19.0 avg.) and scored 11 TDs, including 3 on kick and punt returns, in 2003...Long Beach Poly was the CIF Division I finalist in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he was a Student Sports Junior All-American, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Division II, Los Angeles times All-Southeast/South Coast and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team selection...He had 39 receptions for 1,479 yards (37.9 avg.) with 16 TDs (he also scored 5 times on kickoff returns)...He also was on the track team at Long Beach Poly, with bests of 10.44 in the 100 meters and 21.2 in the 200...Current Trojans Darnell Bing, Hershel Dennis, Winston Justice and Manuel Wright also prepped at Long Beach Poly.


TAITUSI LUTUI-He was named to the 2003 J.C. Grid-Wire All-American first team, National Junior College Athletic Association All-American first team, Super Prep JUCO 100 and All-Western States Football League first team as a sophomore offensive lineman at Snow Junior College in Ephraim (Utah)...Snow went 9-1 and tied for fourth in the final NJCAA poll...He spent his 2002 freshman season at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College...He originally signed with Utah in 2002, but did not qualify for admission...As a senior two-way lineman at Mesa (Ariz.) High in 2001, he was a Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, All-State, All-Region and All-Conference selection...As a junior in 2000, he made All-State, All-Region and All-Conference...His brother, Sam, is an assistant football coach at Southern Utah, where he also started on the line in 1995 and 1996...He is related to current BYU players Ofa Mohetau and David Tafuna and former Cougar T.J. Sitake (1999-2000)...His nickname is 'Deuce'...He was born in Ha'api, Tonga.


ALATINI MALU-He made the 2003 All-Mission Conference first team as a freshman offensive lineman at Long Beach (Calif.) City College...Current Trojan John Drake also attended Long Beach City...He originally signed with Cal State Northridge, but the Matador program disbanded so he went on a 2-year Mormon mission...He prepped at Torrance (Calif.) High, where as a senior offensive lineman in 1998 he did not allow a sack and was a Super Prep All-Farwest, All-CIF Division X, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay second team and All-Ocean League first team honoree...His nickname is 'Tiny.'


LAWRENCE MILES-He earned 2003 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division VIII, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-Desert/Mountain Lineman of the Year, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Riverside County and All-Desert Valley League first team honors as a senior defensive lineman at La Quinta (Calif.) High...He had 107 tackles, 21.5 sacks and 21 deflections in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he was an All-CIF Division VIII, Los Angeles Times All-Desert/Mountain, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Riverside County second team and All-League selection as he posted 80 tackles and 12 sacks.


JIMMY MILLER-His 2003 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division IV Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-Ventura/North Coast Lineman of the Year and Daily News All-Valley first team as a senior tight end and defensive end at Westlake High in Westlake Village (Calif.)...He had 40 receptions for 750 yards (18.8 avg.) with 9 TDs on offense and 85 tackles with 17 sacks on defense...As a 2002 junior, he was a Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Division IV, Daily News All-Area first team, All-Ventura County and All-League selection...He caught 12 passes for 200 yards (16.7 avg.) with 1 TD on offense in 2002 and posted 80 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks and 14 deflections on defense...Incoming Trojan recruit Michael Stuart also prepped at Westlake.


JOSH PINKARD-He was a 2003 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division IV and Los Angeles Times All-Ventura/North Coast pick as a senior defensive back and wide receiver at Hueneme High in Oxnard (Calif.)...He had 123 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 interceptions on defense and 22 receptions for 200-plus yards with 5 TDs on offense...As a junior in 2002, he had 90 tackles and 6 interceptions.


RYAN POWDRELL-He was named a 2003 J.C. Grid-Wire All-American first team, Super Prep JUCO 100, JC Athletic Bureau All-Region IV and All-Mission Conference National Division first team honoree as a sophomore linebacker and short-yardage fullback at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo (Calif.)...He recorded 83 tackles, 3 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles in 2003...As a freshman in 2002, he had 107 tackles and 4 interceptions...He originally signed with Fresno State, but did not qualify for admission...He prepped at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High, where as a senior linebacker and fullback in 2001 he was a Super Prep All-Farwest, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division II Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Star, Los Angeles Times All-Orange County, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-League MVP selection...He had 98 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 9 deflections and 1 fumble recovery on defense and ran for 494 yards and 8 TDs on offense in 2001...Mission Viejo was 14-0 and won the CIF Division II title in 2001...As a junior in 2000, he posted 87 tackles, 4 sacks and 1 interception...Current Trojans Collin Ashton, Billy Hart and Drew Radovich also prepped at Mission Viejo.


CHILO RACHAL-He was a 2003 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division III, Los Angeles Times All-Southeast/South Coast Lineman of the Year and All-Conference selection as a senior offensive lineman at Dominguez High in Compton (Calif.)...He only played in 4 games in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass squad...Current Trojans LaJuan Ramsey and Justin Wyatt also prepped at Dominguez.


KEITH RIVERS-His 2003 honors included USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American, Insiders.com All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast, FOX Sports Net All-South, Gatorade Florida Player of the Year and Florida Class 6A Mr. Football runnerup as a senior linebacker at Lake Mary (Fla.) High...He had 111 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he was a Student Sports Junior All-American and Florida Class 5A second team honoree as he posted 160 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions...He made All-State as a sophomore in 2001 when he had 100-plus tackles...He was born in Riverside (Calif.) and lived in nearby San Bernardino for 8 years during his youth.


JEFF SCHWEIGER-He made the 2003 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American first team, Prep Star All-American, Insiders.com All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest Defensive MVP, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Gatorade California Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team , and Orange County Register Fab 15 first team as a senior defensive lineman and tight end at Valley Christian High in San Jose (Calif.)...He had 140 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries (with a TD) and 15 deflections in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team as he posted 138 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.


MICHAEL STUART-He was a 2003 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section second team, All-CIF Division IV Offensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Star Lineman of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Ventura/North Coast MVP, Daily News All-Valley first team and Ventura County Star MVP as a senior wide receiver and defensive lineman at Westlake High in Westlake Village (Calif.)...He had 75 receptions for 1,279 yards (17.1 avg.) with 18 TDs on offense and 95 tackles, 13 sacks and 4 forced fumbles on defense in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he was named a Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-CIF Division IV, Los Angeles Times All-Ventura/North Coast, Daily News All-Area first team and All-Marmonte League Defensive MVP selection...He had 702 receiving yards with 9 TDs, plus 16.5 sacks, in 2002...He also played basketball at Westlake...Incoming Trojan Jimmy Miller also prepped at Westlake.


DALE THOMPSON-He earned 2003 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division V, Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Riverside County and All-Mountain View League first team honors as a senior tight end at Santiago High in Corona (Calif.)...He had 40 receptions for 700 yards (17.5 avg.) with 10 TDs, plus 200 rushing yards with 2 TDs, in 2003...As a junior in 2002, he made the All-Mountain View League first team...He began the 2002 season at tight end, then broke his right hand and missed the next 2 games before returning as an offensive tackle for the next 5 contests (he was moved back to tight end for the season finale when the cast on his hand was removed)...He made 6 catches for 125 yards (20.9 avg.) with 3 TDs in 2002.


SCOTT WARE-He was a 2003 J.C. Grid-Wire All-American first team, Super Prep JUCO 100, JC Athletic Bureau All-State Defensive MVP, JC Athletic Bureau All-Regional I Defensive MVP and All-Mid Empire Conference Defensive MVP as a sophomore defensive back at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College...He had 70 tackles and 4 interceptions in 2003...He made the All-League team as a freshman in 2002...He prepped at Montgomery High in Santa Rosa (Calif.), where he was named the Santa Rosa Press Democrat All-Redwood Empire League Co-Defensive MVP as a senior defensive back and wide receiver in 2001...He had 7 interceptions, a 72-yard scoring fumble return and an 81-yard TD catch in 2001...He also started as a junior in 2000...He also was on the track team at Montgomery.

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