[Bios] USC's 2010 signing class

February 4, 2010 

Javon Bell

WR | 5-11, 170

Ribault High

(Jacksonville, Fla.)

Named the region's Offensive Player of the Year by the Florida Times-Union. ... Caught 48 passes for 1,256 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. ... Given a two-star ranking and considered the nation's 146th best wide receiver by Scout.com. ... Originally committed to Florida International before switching. Also received an offer from Illinois.

A.J. Cann

OL | 6-2, 285

Bamberg-Ehrhardt High

(Bamberg)

Played on both sides of the ball at Bamberg-Ehrhardt. ... Graded out at 96 percent with 60 knockdown blocks as an offensive tackle and did not give up a sack. ... Also logged 95 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and six sacks as a defensive lineman for the Red Raiders. ... Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and in the Under Armour All-American game. ... Earned all-state honors as selected by The State. ... Named the Orangeburg Times and Democrat Player of the Year and first-team all-area and was an Elite 11 selection. Also considered North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Tennessee.

Matt Coffee

FB | 5-11, 210

Fort Walton Beach High

(Mary Esther, Fla.)

Sat out the 2009 season while rehabbing a knee injury. ... Enrolled at USC in January 2010. ... Played on both sides of the ball at Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) High School. ... Junior season was limited to the last five games due to illness. ... Still finished with 55 tackles and an interception, while rushing 74 times for 364 yards and four touchdowns. ... Logged 120 tackles and three sacks with two fumble recoveries as a sophomore. ... Considered the 19th-best "athlete" in the country, ranked as the 57th-best player in the state of Florida and was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. ... Brother of former Alabama running back Glen Coffee. ... Also had offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, N.C. State and Maryland among others.

Patrick Fish

PK | 5-11, 165

Burns High

(Shelby, N.C.)

Three-year starter for the Bulldogs. ... Had mono as a senior which kept him sidelined for five weeks. ... Impressed USC coaches at a summer camp. ... Also played soccer at Burns. ... Considered a two-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, considered the nation's 23rd-best kicker by Rivals.com. ... Also considered Duke, Illinois and Gardner-Webb.

Cody Gibson

OL | 6-6, 260

Lincoln High

Havana, Fla.

Helped his team to the third round of the state playoffs as a senior after reaching the 4A title game during his junior campaign. ... Considered a three-star prospect and the nation's 64th-best offensive tackle by Rivals.com. ... Rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 85th-best offensive tackle by Scout.com. ... Regarded as a three-star prospect and the nation's 50th-ranked offensive tackle by ESPN.com. ... Had offers from East Carolina, South Florida, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Middle Tennessee, Tulane, Marshall and Iowa State. ... Brother, Dustin, was a four-year football letterwinner at Florida International.

Toquavius Gilchrist

LB | 6-2, 230

Abbeville High, Butler County CC

(Abbeville)

Goes by the name "Qua-Qua". ... Spent the past two seasons at Butler County (Kan.) Community College. ... Recorded 61 tackles, including 45 solo stops as a linebacker in 2009, earning All-Jayhawk Conference honors. ... Played running back and linebacker at Abbeville High. ... Earned a spot in the 2007 SCADA North-South Game. ... Rushed 170 times for 1,450 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior for the Panthers. ... Considered a four-star prospect and ranked as the nation's 24th-best junior college player by Rivals.com. ... Committed to Houston after turning down offers from Kansas and Kansas State among others before returning to his home state in January. ... Will have three years to play three at USC.

Sharrod Golightly

DB | 5-10, 178

Southwest DeKalb High

(Decatur, Ga.)

Logged 113 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions as a senior. ... Selected to the first-team Class 4A All-State team. ... As a junior, credited with 88 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. ... Rated a three-star prospect, the nation's 56th-best safety prospect and the state of Georgia's 64th-best prospect, according to Rivals.com. ... Committed to Vanderbilt before signing with the Gamecocks. ... Also considered Ole Miss.

Brandon Golson

LB | 6-2, 204

Calhoun County High

(St. Matthews)

Named the Orangeburg Times & Democrat Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and was a first-team all-area selection at Calhoun County High. ... Logged 113 tackles and 30 sacks with four forced fumbles, earning all-state honors as selected by The State. ... Considered a three-star prospect, the state's 22nd-best player and the nation's 76th-best outside linebacker by Rivals.com. ... Also considered Wyoming.

Victor Hampton

DB | 5-9, 175

Darlington High

(Darlington)

Highly touted defensive back was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio following his senior season. ... Logged 50 tackles and three interceptions as a senior. ... Also scored six touchdowns on offense. ... Played at Independence High in Charlotte in 2008 before moving to Darlington. ... Had 50 tackles and 10 interceptions as a junior. ... Regarded as a four-star prospect, is ranked as the sixth-best cornerback, the state's third-best player and the 60th-best player in the nation by Rivals.com. ... Originally committed to Florida, also considered Tennessee and North Carolina and had offers from Georgia, Clemson and N.C. State.

Byron Jerideau

DL | 6-0, 310

Colleton County High/Fort Scott C.C.

(Green Pond)

Posted 70 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks while helping lead Fort Scott to an 11-1 record and the nation's semifinals. ... Also blocked five field goals. ... Had offers from Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Baylor, Washington State and Grambling.

Nick Jones

WR | 5-8, 188

Byrnes High

(Moore)

Missed some time with a knee injury but still recorded 32 receptions for 347 yards and four touchdowns. ... Helped the Rebels reach the 4A Division I championship game as a senior. ... Rebels won the state title in both 2007 and 2008. ... Considered a three-star prospect and the state's 25th-best player by Rivals.com. ... Also had offers from Auburn, Michigan.

Marcus Lattimore

RB | 5-11, 215

Byrnes High

Duncan

One of the most decorated prospects in South Carolina high school history. ... Rushed for 6,375 yards and scored 104 touchdowns in his prep career. ... Named to Parade Magazine's 47th annual All-America Team. ... Had 260 carries for 1,898 yards and 31 TDs as a senior, also caught 48 passes for 675 yards. ... Named South Carolina's Mr. Football. ... Was a two-time AP All-State honoree and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year. ... Earned offensive MVP honors in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and also played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. ... Considered a five-star recruit, the nation's 10th-best player and second among the running backs, and the top player in the state by Rivals.com. ... Ranked the nation's top running back prospect by SuperPrep. ... Selected South Carolina over Auburn. ... Also considered Penn State and Oregon.

Du'Von Millsap

OL | 6-4, 330

Buford High

Buford, Ga.

Played on both sides of the ball while helping the Buford (Ga.) Wolves to three-straight Class 2A state titles... considered a three-star prospect, the 72nd-best player in the state of Georgia and the nation's 40th best offensive guard by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 43rd-best offensive guard by Scout.com... regarded as a three-star prospect and the nation's 52nd-ranked offensive guard by ESPN.com... selected Carolina over Ole Miss and Oklahoma State... also had offers from Clemson, Mississippi State and East Carolina... born Sept. 30, 1991.

Ronald Patrick

OL | 6-1, 277

Cocoa High

(Cocoa, Fla.)

Three-year starter. ... Played in a Wing-T offense. ... Helped his team to the 3A state title and a 14-1 season as a junior. ... Named to the All-Space Coast first team and a third-team all-state selection in 2008. ... Also played basketball ... Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. ... Also had offers from Florida State, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and New Mexico.

Kelcy Quarles

DL | 6-3, 267

Greenwood High

(Hodges)

Named a Parade All-American. ... Earned all-state honors from The State as a senior. ... Logged 77 tackles (41 solo), nine sacks, 17.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries (one for touchdown) and two blocked kicks. ... Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. ... Also ran track at Greenwood. ... Considered a four-star prospect, the nation's ninth-best defensive tackle, the state's seventh-best player and the nation's 91st-best player overall by Rivals.com. Also offered by Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and North Carolina.

Corey Robinson

OL | 6-6, 292

Havelock High

(Havelock, N.C.)

Played mostly offensive guard but saw action at all five offensive line positions and some on the defensive line for the Rams. ... Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. ... Listed as a three-star prospect and the nation's 52nd-best offensive tackle by Rivals.com. Also considered Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and East Carolina.

Ace Sanders

WR | 5-7, 170

Manatee High

Bradenton, Fla.

Wide receiver prospect who caught 65 passes for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, helping Manatee reach the Florida Class 5A title game. ... Selected to play in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South Football Classic. ... Caught 29 passes for 578 yards (19.9 per catch) with seven touchdowns as a junior, earning second-team all-area honors. ... Considered a four-star prospect, the state's 42nd-best player and the 44th-best wide receiver in the country according to Rivals.com. ... Selected South Carolina over South Florida, Rutgers and West Virginia among others. ... The son of former Florida State and NFL player Tracy Sanders.

Cadarious Sanders

DB | 5-11, 181

Troup County High

LaGrange, Ga.

Considered a three-star prospect and the state's 94th-best player by Rivals.com. ... Rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 89th-best cornerback by Scout.com. ... Also had offers from Ole Miss, Louisville, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee and Central Florida.

Connor Shaw

QB | 6-1, 192

Flowery Branch High

(Flowery Branch, Ga.)

Dual-threat quarterback who threw for 3,100 yards and 30 touchdowns with just six interceptions as a senior at Flowery Branch (Ga.) High. ... Also rushed for 800 yards and 17 scores. ... Considered a three-star prospect, the 19th-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the state's 47th-best player by Rivals.com. ... Enrolled at USC in January. ... Brother of Georgia Tech quarterback Jaybo Shaw. ... Also had offers from Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Stanford, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Corey Simmons

DL | 6-5, 225

Greater Atlanta Christian

(Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Played for former USC linebacker Kenneth "Gus" Robinson. ... Participated in the Gwinnett County All-Star game. ... Considered a two-star prospect by Rivals.com. ... Also had offers from Samford and Western Carolina. ... Father, Clyde Simmons Jr., was a two-time Pro Bowler, playing with five teams in the NFL.

J.T. Surratt

DL | 6-2, 293

Parkland High

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Earned all-conference, all-county and all-state honors at Parkland High. ... Logged 78 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and 15 sacks as a senior. ... Participated in the East-West All-Star Game. ... Listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com. ... Also had offers from Louisville, East Carolina, Marshall and Western Carolina.

Dylan Thompson

QB | 6-2, 206

Boiling Springs High

(Boiling Springs)

Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. ... Threw for 1,300 yards and rushed for another 500, accounting for 21 touchdowns in only six games as a junior. ... Hindered by a separated shoulder. ... Also played basketball. ... Averaged 17 points, five rebounds and five assists as a junior, earning a scholarship offer from Louisiana Tech. ... Considered a two-star prospect by Rivals.com. ... Also considered East Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Furman.

Brison Williams

DB | 5-10, 199

Northside High

(Warner Robins, Ga.)

Participated in the GACA North-South All-Star Classic. ... Earned GHSA All-Middle Georgia third-team honors as a junior. ... Considered a three-star prospect, the state's 34th-best prospect and the nation's 36th-best cornerback by Rivals.com. ... Also considered Georgia Tech.

Tramell Williams

OL | 6-0, 290

Lee High

Jacksonville, Fla.

Played on both sides of the ball at Robert E. Lee. ... Helped the Generals to a 7-3 mark as a junior while recording 69 pancake blocks and 39 tackles including 10 tackles for loss. ... Also competed in track & field and finished eighth in the state shot put competition as a junior. ... Rated a three-star prospect, the nation's ninth-best offensive center and the 58th-best player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com. Also considered Florida State and had offers from Kentucky, Ole Miss, Stanford, UCLA, Cal, Illinois, Indiana, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt.

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