Not since the days when the major programs of college football could stockpile 85 players on scholarship and not since parity became the norm for conferences such as the Pac 10 and Big Ten has there been a year when one college completely dominated the California high school market. Click here for all of the state's reported signers and see which school had the most.

That college is USC and coach Pete Carroll and his assistants put together a Class of 2003 that many in the recruiting business, such as Brian Stumpf and Greg Biggins of Student Sports, believe was the nation's best. From a California standpoint, USC could have three or four flameouts in its group and it would still easily be a superior class than any other college signed from within the state.

State Player of the Year Whitney Lewis from St. Bonaventure of Ventura was the last piece of the puzzle and earlier this week he went with the Trojans over Florida State. But Lewis was not the only first team all-stater who signed with USC. In fact, 12 of those players -- almost half the squad -- are headed to Troy.

In addition to Lewis, all-time state receiving yards and catches record holder Steve Smith from Taft of Woodland Hills, State Lineman of the Year Drew Radovich of Mission Viejo and State Defensive Back of the Year Desmond Reed of Temple City are on USC's list. The other first team all-state future Trojans are OL Sam Baker, OL Travis Draper, RB Reggie Bush, DL Lawrence Jackson, LB Drean Rucker, DL Alex Morrow, LB Thomas Williams and DL Sedrick Ellis.

USC's dominance fell into place for several reasons. One, crosstown rival UCLA struggled during the season and underwent a coaching change. Two, among the Bay Area colleges, Stanford struggled and Cal improved but is still coming off several losing seasons. Three, USC surged to an impressive Orange Bowl win behind Heisman Trophy winning QB Carson Palmer. And four, Carroll and his staff did a terrific job not letting any of their top targets drift off to places around the country as has been the case in the past.

Among the other colleges that recruited California this season, Washington attracted a nice mix of players from north and south as well as by position. The Huskies got a late commitment from Lincoln of Stockton running back Louis Rankin, who joined the fold along with mammoth Visalia Mt. Whitney OL Chad Mackin plus skill players like Bobby Whithorne of Santa Margarita, C.J. Wallace of Sacramento Grant and Quentin Daniels of L.A. Loyola. Cal's defensive linemen gave the Bears a solid class and UCLA salvaged its season with the likes of RB Maurice Drew, OL P.J. Irvin and the St. John Bosco duo of Derrick Williams and Joe Cowan.

A quick scan of all the Div. I signing lists in the nation -- as well as adding in those from the Big Sky Conference (a Div. I-AA conference that also heavily recruits California) -- revealed that the one high school in the state that had the most players sign was, big surprise, Long Beach Poly. Eight Jackrabbits were reported as signers on Wednesday, including QB Leon Jackson, RB Lorenzo Bursey, OL Hercules Satele, OL Charles Owens, LB Mark Washington, DL Junior Lemau'u, DB Freddie Parish and WR Alex Watson.

Also doing well with five Div. I signers was Helix of La Mesa and Taft of Woodland Hills. State and national rankings champ De La Salle of Concord also has five moving on to major colleges, although two of them are going to the U.S. Naval Academy pending congressional approval.



(All Div. I colleges plus Big Sky Conference and reported commitments to service academies, which do not release signing lists)

Air Force

Toby Barrow LB (Mitty, San Jose)
Jake Franklin OL-DL (Dixon)
Cole Marton LB (Carlsbad)
Grant Thomas DL (Buchanan, Clovis)


Michael Beach CB (Fremont, Los Angeles)
Ismael Garcia OL (Garey, Pomona)
Chris Henry HB (Edison, Stockton)
Marcus Hollingsworth S (San Diego)
Anthony Johnson WR (Horizon, San Diego)
Richard Kovalcheck QB (St. Augustine, San Diego)
Dane Krogstad LB (El Molino, Forestville)
Jason Parker DE (Mission Bay, San Diego)
Clifton Stanford DT (Jefferson, Los Angeles)

Arizona State

Jessie Ainsworth K (Thousand Oaks)
Rudy Burgess WR (Desert, Edwards)
Chad Green CB (Birmingham, Van Nuys)
Robert Gustavis OL (North, Torrance)
Darnel Henderson DB (McClymonds, Oakland)
Sam Keller QB (San Ramon Valley, Danville)
Daniel Varvel DB (Bakersfield)
Mark Washington LB (Poly, Long Beach)

Boise State

Mike Altieri LB (Vista)
Dallas Bernstine RB (Bethel, Vallejo)
Duran Cooley DB (Cathedral, Los Angeles)
Quincy Lever WR-DB (Foothill, Tustin)
Ashlei Nyong-Dunham DB (Burbank, Sacramento)
Ryan Putnam, TE (Chino)
Austin Smith DB (Pacific, San Bernardino)


Thomas DeCoud DB (Pinole Valley, Pinole)
Sam DeSa WR (Monte Vista, Danville)
Cary Dove QB (Taft, Woodland Hills)
Leon Drummer DL (St. Mary's, Berkeley)
Kenny Frank DB (Cerritos)
Daymeion Hughes DB (Crenshaw, Los Angeles)
Matt Malele DL (Carson)
Kyle McClure DL (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)
Brandon Mebane DL (Crenshaw, Los Angeles)
Brandon Myles DB (Carson)
Chris Purtz LB (Clovis West, Fresno)
Brandon Sanders DB (Skyline, Oakland)
Noah Smith WR (Taft, Woodland Hills)
Devin Stearns WR-DB (Serra, Gardena)
Craig Stevens TE (Peninsula, RH Estates)
Garrett Tremblay LB (Palm Desert)
Greg Van Hoesen LB (Saratoga)
Sean Young WR (Berkeley)


Isiah Crawford DB (Vista)
Bernard Jackson QB (Santiago, Corona)
Lorenzo Sims DB (Edison, Fresno)
Brian White QB (Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo)

Colorado State

Nick Allotta OL-DL (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego)
Greg Chatman WR (Carson)
Adam Gabriel RB-LB (Monrovia)
Casey Hansen QB (Norco)
George Hill WR-DB (Corona)
Liddon Levine DB (Skyline, Oakland)
John Nichols II LB-TE (Bellflower)
Erik Sandie OL-DL (De La Salle, Concord)
John Walker WR-DB (Antelope Valley, Lancaster)
Darryl Williams WR/DB (Servite, Anaheim)

Fresno State

Tom Brandstater QB (Turlock)
Tyler Clutts LB (Clovis)
Kevin Cooper DL (Clear Lake, Lakeport)
Shannon Dorsey RB (San Gorgonio, San Bernardino)
Marques Floyd S (Fairfax, Los Angeles)
Damon Jenkins CB (De La Salle, Concord)
Ahijah Lane RB/LB (Hoover, Fresno)
Chris Piligian OG (Hart, Newhall)
Cole Popovich OG (Yosemite, Oakhurst)
Marcus Riley LB (Elk Grove)
Jason Shirley DT (Kaiser, Fontana)
Clifton Smith CB (Edison, Fresno)
Dylan Storey OT (El Modena, Orange)
Jesus Tapia TE (Kingsburg)
Keith Venson DE (McClymonds, Oakland)


Ray Bass DB (Centennial, Corona)
Chris Cole LB (Mission Viejo)
Jason Ferguson RB (Fairfax, Los Angeles)
DeJuan Gatling OL (Silverado, Victorville)
Jack Rolovich QB (San Marin, Novato)
Hercules Satele OL (Poly, Long Beach)

Idaho State

Keola Asuega RB-DB (Costa Mesa)
Chris Boblit OL (Esperanza, Anaheim)
Terrance Calloway DB (Sylmar)
Michael Harris WR/DB (Charter Oak, Covina)
Ruben Jackson WR (Edison, Stockton)
Chris Seals RB (Bishop Amat, La Puente)
Courtney Smith RB/DB (East Union, Manteca)

Iowa State

Brandon Tinlin TE (Point Loma, San Diego)


Cesar Rodriguez OL (Bishop Amat, La Puente)

Miami (Fla.)

Kyle Wright QB (Monte Vista, Danville)


Leon Hall CB (Vista)


Chris Clark DB (Cathedral, Los Angeles)

Montana State

Rick Coppack QB (Oceanside)
Mike Feist DL (Cathedral, Los Angeles)
Peder Jensen OL (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad)


John Chan OL-LB (De La Salle, Concord)
Cole Smith OL-LB (De La Salle, Concord)


Greg Bellasis OL (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno)
Jarred Belser RB (Bellarmine, San Jose)
Adam Bishop TE (Rancho Cotate, Rohnert Park)
Cameron Butcher DL (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
Ezra Butler DL (Calabasas)
Erics Clark DE (El Camino, Oceanside)
Jeremy Engstrom LB (Golden West, Visalia)
Matt Hines DL-OL (Beyer, Modesto)
Steven Murphy CB (St. Mary's, Berkeley)
Kevin Porter LB (Centennial, Bakersfield)
Nick Posey OL (Pacific Grove)
Paul Pratt WR (Taft, Woodland Hills)
Drew Robinson RB (Ontario Christian)
Kyle Robertson TE (California, Danville)
David Sampson DL/OL (Cypress)
Shannon Sevor DB (Bellarmine, San Jose)
John Simpson LB (Merrill F. West, Tracy)

New Mexico

Niam Adams LB (Fairfax, Los Angeles)
Jeff Benjamin DL (Centennial, Corona)
Fred Colbert RB (Alhambra)
Cody Kase LB (Hart, Newhall)
Marcus Smith RB (Morse, San Diego)
Michael Tuohy DL (Valley View, Moreno Valley)
Jason Turner LB (St. Francis, La Canada)

Northern Arizona

Paul Como LB (Murrieta Valley, Murrieta)
Drew Hoffman DE (Los Gatos)
Je'Von Meyers DB (Castle Park, Chula Vista)
Damion Porter DB (Lakewood)
Josh Sayles RB-DB (Rancho Cucamonga)
Adam Tenney DB (Carlsbad)
Alex Watson WR (Poly, Long Beach)


Ryan Black DB (Poly, Pasadena)
Sam Cheatham WR (San Leandro)
Reggie McPherson WR (San Leandro)

Notre Dame

Freddie Parish Jr. DB (Poly, Long Beach)


Tommy Grady QB (Edison, Huntington Beach)


Lance Broadus LB (Taft, Woodlands Hills)
Dennis Dixon QB (San Leandro)
Jerome Johnson FB (Dorsey, Los Angeles)
Dan Kause TE (Servite, Anaheim)
Paul Martinez P-K (San Ramon Valley, Danville)
Brian Paysinger WR (Wilson, Long Beach)
Garren Strong WR (Homestead, Cupertino)
A.J. Tuitele S (Banning, Wilmington)
Kyle Weatherspoon WR-DB (Lynwood)

Oregon State

Charles Burnley RB (Valencia)
Lorenzo Bursey RB (Poly, Long Beach)
Kyle DeVan OL (Vacaville)
Phil Ghilarducci WR (Gunn, Palo Alto)
Jeff Kruskamp TE (Milpitas)
Brandon Powers WR (Franklin, Los Angeles)
Anthony Wheat WR-FS (Dominguez, Compton)
Justin Williams DB (Los Banos)

Portland State

Condrew Allen DB (Granite Bay)
Kenneth Mackins RB-DB (Westlake, Westlake Village)
Andrew Ramirez FB-TE (St. Monica, Santa Monica)

Sacramento State

Fred Amano DL (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego)
Tyson Butler DB (Bishop O'Dowd, Oakland)
Colby Culbertson DL (Granite Bay)
Robbie Garibay OL (Foothill, Palo Cedro)
Will Hamilton DL (S.J. Memorial, Fresno)
Jonathan Iglehart DB (Bishop O'Dowd, Oakland)
Zach Jiru TE (Laguna Creek, Elk Grove)
Richard Moore DB (Claremont)
Henri Pamphile DB (Walnut)
Joe Perez OL (Servite, Anaheim)
Mick Stuber TE-LB (Winters)

San Diego State

Antwan Applewhite DE (Narbonne, Harbor City)
Aleksander Blagojevich OL (Serra, Gardena)
Brandon Bornes RB (Rancho Buena Vista, Vista)
Corey Boudreaux DB/WR (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Royce Edgington OL (San Gorgonio, San Bernardino)
Lynell Hamilton RB (Edison, Stockton)
Michael Hughes P/PK (Canyon Springs, Moreno Valley)
Marc Hull LB (Narbonne, Harbor City)
Jeremy Justice TE (Victor Valley, Victorville)
Ben Klamm DE (Granite Bay)
Brett Martin LB (Centennial, Corona)
Lee Martin LB (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)
Kevin O'Connell QB (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad)
Nicholas Osborn DL (St. Mary's, Berkeley)
Jose Perez WR (Oceanside)
Ramal Porter WR (Birmingham, Van Nuys)
William Robinson OL (Bishop Amat, La Puente)
Reggie Ross RB (Mira Mesa, San Diego)
Brett Swain WR (Carlsbad)

San Jose State

Ryan Abbott LB (Valley Christian, San Jose)
Chris Bodishbaugh QB (Freedom, Oakley)
Yonus Davis RB (Skyline, Oakland)
Jeff Ferrier K (Mission Viejo)
David Giesen OL (San Pasqual, Escondido)
Michael Hooper WR (Culver City)
Derrell Hutsona RB (Helix, La Mesa)
Melvin Johnson DL (Helix, La Mesa)
Demetrius Jones LB (Dorsey, Los Angeles)
Roy Lewis DB (Narbonne, Harbor City)
Kevin Myers OL (Manual Arts, Los Angeles)
Ralph Pineda LB (Cathedral, Los Angeles)
Ryan Simone OL (Helix, La Mesa)
Edwinn Tidwell DL (McClymonds, Oakland)


Mark Bradford WR (Fremont, Los Angeles)
Preston Clover OL (Laguna Hills)
Michael Horgan TE-DE (Loyola, Los Angeles)
Evan Moore WR (Brea-Olinda, Brea)
Emeka Nnoli FB-RB (Natomas, Sacramento)
Michael Okwo LB (Mira Costa, Manhattan Beach)
T.C. Ostrander QB (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton)


Tyler Fanucchi WR (Claremont)


Joe Cowan WR (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
Nikola Dragovic OL (Vista)
Maurice Drew RB (De La Salle, Concord)
Alex Ghebreselassie WR (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista)
P.J. Irvin OL (Agoura, Agoura Hills)
Milvon James DB (Fremont, Los Angeles)
Dennis Keyes DB (Birmingham, Van Nuys)
Junior Lemau'u DL (Poly, Long Beach)
Michael Pitre LB (El Modena, Orange)
William Snead DE (Skyline, Oakland)
Jimmy Stephens ATH (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance)
Derrick Williams RB (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)


Sergio Aguayo PK (San Jacinto)
Phil Cosenza TE (Nevada Union, Grass Valley)
Jacob Flowe RB (Chino)
Howie Fuimaono DL (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista)
Ernest Gordon DB (Hiram Johnson, Sacramento)
Marcus Johnson ATH (Locke, Los Angeles)
Marques Johnson ATH (Ayala, Chino Hills)
Charles Owens OL (Poly, Long Beach)
Garrett Reden OL (Valley Center)
Jay Staggs WR (Dos Pueblos, Goleta)
Shane Steichen QB (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills)
Nathan Todhunter OL (Santa Rosa)
Ryan Welter LB (Granite Hills, El Cajon)
Donell Wheaton WR (Narbonne, Harbor City)


Sam Baker OL (Tustin)
Chris Barrett DL (Tustin)
Darnell Bing DB (Poly, Long Beach)
Reggie Bush RB (Helix, La Mesa)
Travis Draper OL (Paso Robles)
Sedrick Ellis DL (Chino)
Lawrence Jackson DL (Inglewood)
Ryan Kalil OL (Servite, Anaheim)
Whitney Lewis WR (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)
Fili Moala DL (Western, Anaheim)
Alex Morrow DL (Rancho Cotate, Rohnert Park)
Drew Radovich OL (Mission Viejo)
Desmond Reed DB (Temple City)
Drean Rucker LB (Canyon Springs, Moreno Valley)
Steve Smith WR (Taft, Woodland Hills)
Matt Spanos DL (Corona)
Terrell Thomas DB (Rancho Cucamonga)
Brandon Ting DB (James Logan, Union City)
Ryan Ting DB (James Logan, Union City)
Johnathan Turner LB (Corona)
Chauncey Washington RB (South, Torrance)
Thomas Williams LB (Vacaville)
Eric Wright DB (Riordan, San Francisco)


Oniel Cousins OL/DL (Eastside Christian, Fullerton)
Matt Ellis ATH (Eastside Christian, Fullerton)
Jeremy Jones RB/DB (Piedmont Hills, San Jose)


Martail Burnett DB (Jordan, Los Angeles)
Tony Castaldi DL (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)
Kyle Gunther OL (Camarillo)
Joe Jiannoni LB (La Quinta)
Joe Johnson WR (Palm Desert)
Mike Liti RB (Foothill, Tustin)
Alex Puccinelli DE (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks)
Ryan Smith DB (Bishop Amat, La Puente)
Eric Weddle DB (Alta Loma)

Utah State

Jimmy Bohm TE (Palm Desert)
James Dawson DE (San Leandro)
Will Fausel TE (Ponderosa, Shingle Springs)
Eddie Gilmore DB (Claremont)
Leon Jackson III QB (Poly, Long Beach)
Steve Jacson II OL (Kaiser, Fontana)
Tamarkus McElvane WR (McClymonds, Oakland)
Tony Pennyman WR (Hayward)
Matt Reese OL (Centennial, Bakersfield)
Kevin Robinson WR-DB (Hoover, Fresno)
Antonio Taylor DB (Ganesha, Pomona)
Jake Thompson OL (Redlands)


Quintin Daniels WR (Loyola, Los Angeles)
Chris Hemphill DB (Serra, Gardena)
Robert Lewis LB (Montclair Prep, Van Nuys)
Chad Macklin OL (Golden West, Visalia)
Durrell Moss ATH (Orange)
Louis Rankin RB (Lincoln, Stockton)
Sonny Shackelford WR (Beverly Hills)
Clarence "Dre" Simpson DB (Sylmar)
Charles Smith WR (Helix, La Mesa)
C.J. Wallace DB (Grant, Sacramento)
Bobby Whithorne WR (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM)

Washington State

Husain Abdullah DB (Pomona)
Christian Bass DB (Canyon Springs, Moreno Valley)
Reyshawn Bobo DE (Canyon Springs, Moreno Valley)
Bobby Byrd OL (Oceanside)
Russell Foster OL (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista)
Jason Hill DB (Sacred Heart Cathedral, San Francisco)
Aaron Johnson TE (Armijo, Fairfield)

Weber State

Xavier Dent DB (Point Loma, San Diego)
Baron Harrell DL (Quartz Hill)
Eddie Patterson DB (Cabrillo, Long Beach)
Raphael Quander LB (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)


Matt Kostelnick OL (Kaiser, Fontana)
Drew Larson K/P (Laguna Hills)
Josua Tima WR (Chino)
Terrell Vinson CB (Irvine)

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