Three new football players-fullback Brandon Hancock, punter Tom Malone and wide receiver Jason Mitchell-have enrolled at USC for the 2002 spring semester and will participate in spring practice, USC head football coach Pete Carroll announced today.
Also, two Trojan veterans-tailback Malaefou MacKenzie and wide receiver Marcell Allmond-who left USC last fall have re-enrolled this spring.
Hancock and Malone are freshman who graduated a semester early from high school, while Mitchell is a junior college transfer who comes in as a junior.
Hancock (6-2, 245) ran for more than 1,200 yards in 2001 as a senior fullback at Clovis West High in Fresno, Calif., earning Fresno Bee All-Fresno second team honors. He made the 2000 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass team as a junior inside linebacker. He also played defensive end as a sophomore and senior.
Malone (6-0, 185) averaged 43.4 yards per punt as a 2001 senior at Temescal Canyon High in Lake Elsinore, Calif. He was named to the 2001 Los Angeles Times All-Southern California first team, Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire first team and Riverside Press Enterprise All-Riverside County first team. Nine of his 38 punts in 2001 pinned opponents inside the 10-yard line. He made the 2000 All-CIF Division V first team as a junior while averaging 41.5 yards per punt despite missing the season's first 5 games with a broken left foot. He also was a wide receiver and handled the placekicking and kickoffs, and played basketball and was on the track team (running the 200 meters in a school-record 22.37).
Mitchell (6-2, 195) was a 2001 J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honorable mention, J.C. Athletic Bureau All-State Region III first team and All-Western State Pacific Division first team selection as a sophomore at Los Angeles Harbor Junior College in Wilmington,Calif. In 2001, he caught 69 passes for 897 yards (13.0 avg.) with 11 TDs (his 89.7 yards per game average was sixth in the state) and returned 13 kickoffs for 353 yards (27.2 avg.) with a TD. As a 2000 freshman, he had 36 receptions for 550 yards (15.3 avg.) with 5 scores and returned 14 kickoffs for 384 yards (27.4 avg.) to earn All-Western State Southern Division notice. He was a 2-time (1997 and 1998) South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team pick at North Torrance (Calif.) High, then signed a letter of intent with Utah, but never enrolled in 1999. At North Torrance, he set school career records for receptions (135), receiving yards (2,371) and touchdowns (23), as well as longest reception (95 yards) and longest punt return (98 yards). He caught 48 passes for 907 yards (18.9 avg.) with 8 TDs as a 1998 senior after grabbing 60 passes for 955 yards (15.9 avg) with 7 scores as a junior. He also played defensive back and was on the track team, setting school records in the 200 (21.7) and 400 (47.5) meters.
MacKenzie, who has rushed for 765 yards in his career while starting 4 games, must petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. He returned home to Western Samoa in the middle of last season after the death of his father, but had not seen any action in 2001 after twice spraining his knee. Allmond, with 30 catches and 8 starts in his career, was suspended from USC last fall for a student conduct violation, so he redshirted his junior season.
Also, redshirt freshmen defensive ends Nathan Goodson (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (leg) have given up football because of injuries, but will remain in school, while redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malcolm Wooldridge and sophomore placekicker John Wall have transferred.
USC will conduct spring practice drills on campus from March 23 to April 20.