USC's 2009 Recruiting Class Ranked Third By Student Sports

Jan. 8, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- Student Sports ( has released its recruiting rankings for the 2009 season with the USC program slotted at third on the nation's Top 25 classes. Head coach Chad Kreuter and first-year recruiting coordinator Doyle Wilson signed 10 players during the early signing period, including highly-touted shortstop Tim Beckham out of Georgia.

Five Pac-10 Conference teams were picked in the top ten (No. 1 Arizona State, No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona).

The class includes two Aflac All-Americans and six players ranked in Baseball America's Top 200 national list: outfielder Jay Austin (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta HS), first baseman Beau Brett (Spokane, Wash./Ferris HS), left-handed pitcher Danny Coulombe (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS), catcher/outfielder Brandon Garcia (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman HS), infielder Ashton Kent (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothill HS), first baseman/third baseman/pitcher Ricky Oropesa (Rancho Cucamonga/Etiwanda HS), right-handed pitcher Jon Pettibone (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS), right-handed pitcher Chad Smith (Thousand Oaks/Thousand Oaks HS) and right-handed pitcher Michael Tonkin (Palmdale/Palmdale HS).

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