One of the most athletic quarterbacks in the state, Green was a three year starter at Notre Dame who led his team to a pair of CIF titles and a 38-2 record in games that he started (including a streak of 36 in a row). This past season he completed 88 of 141 passes for 1,527 yards and 14 TDs despite missing 3 early games with a thumb injury, he also ran for 945 yards on 92 carries with 8 scores. Garrett took part in the CaliFlorida All-Star game and is also a terrific baseball player. He chose USC over UCLA and Harvard. His cousin is former Trojan QB Brandon Hance.
At 6-0, 200 pounds with the ability to run between the tackles or outrun defenders, Johnson comes to USC as the top rated RB in California this year. Stafon became the first back in Dorsey High School history to run for over 2,000 yards when he accomplished that feat in his senior season. In his career, he set the LA. City rushing record with 5,777 yards and 58 TD's. He was also a terrific safety and started the Army All-American game at that spot. Stafon chose the Trojans over Georgia and Washington.
Moody is a smooth runner, a 5-11, 185 pound back from Coppel, Texas who originally committed to the Texas Longhorns before taking an official visit to USC and falling for the Trojans. Emmanuel is known for having good agility, elusiveness and strong leg drive. Moody, rated as the tenth-best running back in the country by Scout.com, ran for nearly 1400 yards as a senior, scoring 12 touchdowns. He made his verbal commitment to the Trojans during the Army All-American game.
Havili has been compared to both LenDale White and David Kirtman for his abilities as a big back who can run, block and catch the ball. At 6-2, 215, Stanley caught the attention of the Trojan coaches during their annual summer camp and he followed that up by rushing for over 1,000 yards with 17 touchdowns to go along with 28 receptions. He chose USC over BYU, ASU and Iowa.
A very tough and hard runner with tremendous leg strength, Ashley was a late addition to the Trojan class after originally being a verbal commit to Mississippi State. Ken has a short, stocky frame at 5-8, 210 and he plays hard. Last season at Venice HS he ran for over 1,500 yards with 25 touchdowns and he also performed well in the CaliFlorida game with a solid performance on a sloppy field.
USC has seen success in recent years with tall receiver such as Mike Williams, Dwayne Jarrett and Patrick Turner and Ausberry could be next in line on that list. He combines a 6-4 frame with 220 pounds of surprising athleticism. Not only did Ausberry catch 40 passes for 11 TD's this year but he also ran for 11 touchdowns, had three interceptions on defense, averaged over 40 yards per punt and even returned kicks. David, who was named to the Army All-American game and was ranked as the #6 receiver in the country by Scout.com, led Lemoore HS to the CIF Central Section Division 3 championship this year. David chose the Trojans over Ohio State and Georgia.
The Trojans have been looking for a speedy, slot receiver and they found their man in Travon Patterson from Long Beach Poly. The 5-9, 170 Patterson is a member of the state level Poly track team and he combines great hands and moves to go along with that speed on the football field. Travon, ranked as the #26 receiver in the nation by Scout.com, caught 24 balls for over 600 yards with 8 touchdowns and he is also an accomplished kick and punt returner who averaged over 27 yards per punt return. Travon chose the Trojans over Oregon.
There is an old saying in football that speed kills and no player in this class has more speed that Holland. The defending California state champion in the 100 and the 200 will bring an element of speed to the Trojan receiving corps that has been missing in recent years and he can also provide an option on kick and punt returns. As a senior at Taft High School, the 6-1, 180 Holland caught 56 balls for 1,188 yards and 7 TD's. Jamere chose the Trojans over Oregon.
One of the more versatile players in the class is Anthony McCoy from Bullard High School in Fresno. Anthony will come in to USC as a wide receiver but with his 6-4, 230 pound frame he also has the ability to grow into either a tight end or a defensive end. He is ranked as the #5 tight end in the nation by Scout.com and his top attributes are his competitiveness, blocking ability and athleticism. Anthony helped lead his team to the CIF-Central Section Div 1 title game this year.
Every year it seems as if a player comes out of nowhere to earn a scholarship and this year that honor could fall to Gerald Washington from Chaffey College. Gerald only played football for one year in high school before joining the Navy for four years as a helicopter mechanic. Once he was done with the Navy he decided to try football again and after one year at Chaffey he had grown into a 6-5, 250 pound frame that attracted the Trojan coaches at a combine. Gerald received an offer and he quickly accepted before going out in his sophomore year and nabbing 20 catches and two touchdowns. He is already enrolled for the spring semester.
The offensive line is a position of great need in this class and Zack Heberer from San Pedro High School should be a tremendous pick-up for the Trojans. The 6-4, 285 Heberer starred on both sides of the line this year but with his impressive combination of size, strength and agility he should be a perfect fit on the offensive side of the ball. Zack is ranked as the #36 OL in the nation by Scout.com and he was named to the CaliFlorida All-Star game.
Ashley was originally a member of the Class of 2005 before sitting out last fall and enrolling at USC for this spring semester. The 6-5, 285 defensive tackle was ranked among the top 20 players at his position in the nation coming out of high school after having 84 tackles and 14 sacks. His father, Walker Lee Ashley, played for the Minnesota Vikings while Pete Carroll was an assistant coach for the team. Walker will take part in 2006 spring ball drills.
At 6-5, 280 pounds, Butch Lewis from Regis High School in Colorado is the prototype size for a college lineman with long arms and excellent footwork. Butch starred on both sides of the ball for his Regis team while being ranked as the #11 OT in the nation by Scout.com yet he was named to the Army All-American Bowl as a defensive lineman and he will begin his USC career on the defensive side of the ball. Butch, who chose USC over Notre Dame, had 65 tackles and 7 sacks as a senior.
One of the more athletic big men in this class is Derek Simmons from Armijo High School in Northern California. Simmons, who is 6-5, 280 while running a 4.8 40, is known as a hard-nosed blue collar player with a motor that never stops. Derek showed in the CaliFlorida game that he deserves to be mentioned as one of the top DL in the state this year and he also was ranked as the #11 DT in the nation by Scout.com after getting 72 tackles and 10 sacks in his senior year. He was also league MVP in basketball as a junior.
Alex Parsons first caught the attention of the USC coaches at their annual lineman camp with his high intensity play and he committed to the Trojans shortly after his official visit in December. As a senior, the 6-4, 260 pound Parsons often played as a middle linebacker on a 2-8 Woodbridge Warrior team where he notched 104 tackles and four sacks. He will play on the defensive line for the Trojans and he was one of the most impressive DL players in the annual CaliFlorida all-star game. Alex chose USC over Arizona and Kentucky.
With his aggressive style of play and excellent football instincts, the 6-2, 220 pound Tatum will fit right in with the Trojans young and talented linebacker group. Tatum is ranked as the #7 backer in the nation despite only playing four games as a senior (82 tackles and 5 sacks) before tearing an ACL and missing the remainder of the year. Josh chose USC over Miami and quickly become known as a lead recruiter for this class. He is being targeted as a future weakside linebacker because of his speed and agility.
The Trojans reached into Texas to sign the speedy Morgan after racking up over 40 scholarship offers out of Skyline HS. He will enter USC as an OLB and at 6-2, 200 he could also grow into a defensive end at some point. Morgan gave his commitment to the Trojans during a televised press conference on the night before signing day. As a senior he had 203 tackles and 10 sacks and he also is a sprinter on the track team. Morgan chose USC over Texas A&M and Florida State.
For the third year in a row the Trojans have looked east and signed one of the top players from the state of New Jersey and this year it is Antwine Perez who will follow Dwayne Jarrett and Brian Cushing. Perez is known as a hard-hitting safety who has already drawn comparisons to Ronnie Lott. At 6-2, 200 he has the size to an enforcer and he is already enrolled at USC to participate in spring ball drills and compete for the open safety jobs. Antwine was ranked as the #5 safety in the nation this year by Scout.com and he impressed onlookers during the Army All-American game with his physical play.
When it comes to pure size and athleticism you won't find too many better prospects than Mays. The 6-3, 225 athlete from the state of Washington has run a 10.5 100 meters and his father is a former player in the NFL. Taylor was ranked as the #2 safety in the nation by Scout.com, he could also get a look on the offensive side of the ball in college, and he was named to the Army All-American game where he was presented with the Walter Payton Award for football skills and team play.
The definition of a playmaker, Wright from Colton High School is a talented corner who combines terrific cover skills with a tremendous feel for the game. Shareece, who was ranked as the #12 corner in the nation by Scout.com, broke a bone in his hand and missed several games of his senior year yet still managed 68 tackles on defense and over 1,000 rushing yards with 16 touchdowns on offense. Shareece chose the Trojans over Arizona and Oregon.
One of the hardest hitters in California, Bradford from Colton High School will come to USC as one of the most highly decorated recruits in this class. Allen was named to the Army All-American game, he was the Los Angeles Times Back of the Year and he was ranked as the #4 linebacker in the nation by Scout.com. He will enter USC as a 5-11, 220 pound safety with a physical style of play and on defense this season he had 157 tackles to go along with 12 sacks. Allen also ran for over 1,800 yards with 29 touchdowns on offense.
Joseph was a three year starter at corner for the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits and he brings terrific speed to go along with outstanding cover skills. He was also an outstanding special teams contributor at Poly, in his senior season he blocked five field goals and three punts. He also ran track at Poly, where he was a member of the 2005 national prep record-setting 800-meter relay team (he had a best of 21.13 in the 200 meters). Vincent chose the Trojans over Washington State.
A versatile defender who can play either outside linebacker or safety, Alfred had originally given a verbal to the Oregon State Beavers before a late offer came from his longtime favorite school. Rowe, who wore a USC t-shirt under his LB Poly uniform during games, didn't take long to decide to change his commit once the Trojans came calling and he could be joined next year by his brother, Kenny, a highly rated junior defensive end. Alfred had 131 tackles, 4 sacks and 5 fumble recoveries as a senior.
One of the top all-around players in Southern California this year, Gable has the ability to be a standout on either offense or defense. As a running back, he ran for over 2,000 yards this year while showcasing a hard-charging style as a runner who rarely goes down on the first contact. On defense, he is a big hitting safety who also had seven interceptions as a senior. Gable (6-0, 190) was ranked by Scout.com as one of the top 10 players in the nation at both positions. He helped lead his Sylmar team to a 12-1 record this year. C.J. chose the Trojans over the University of Arizona.