Four High School Football Players Enroll At USC


    Jan. 13, 2014

    Four high school players have joined the USC football program for the 2014 spring semester, new Trojan head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today (Jan. 13).

    Each player graduated early from high school in order to enroll as freshmen at USC and participate in 2014 spring practice.

    They are: OL Jordan Austin of Claremont (Calif.) High; QB Jalen Greene of Serra High in Gardena (Calif.); DE-OLB Don Hill of Timberline High in Boise (Id.); and OL Toa Lobendahn of La Habra (Calif.) High.

    "We are excited to welcome these players to the USC football program," said Sarkisian. "They are all outstanding players and bright students. We anticipate they will contribute immediately when we start spring practice."


    JORDAN AUSTIN--Offensive Line, 6-5, 275, Claremont (Claremont HS)

    He made the 2013 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin All-Inland Valley first team and All-Sierra League first team as a senior offensive lineman at Claremont (Calif.) High. He was a 3-year starter. His father, Ray, played football at UNLV and Southern Utah.

    JALEN GREENE--Quarterback, 6-3, 195, Gardena (Serra HS)

    He was the 2013 South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Offensive Player of the Year and All-Mission League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior quarterback at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He completed 134-of-229 passes (58.5%) for 1,544 yards with 33 TDs and 6 interceptions in 2013, plus ran for 1,209 yards on 155 carries (7.8 avg) with 14 TDs. Serra was 13-1 in 2013 and advanced to the CIF Western Division title game. As a 2012 junior, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Western Division, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League first team as he completed 167-of-266 passes (62.8%) for 2,443 yards with 25 TDs and 13 interceptions, plus ran for 1,137 yards on 151 carries (7.5 avg) with 9 TDs. Serra won the 2012 CIF Western Division championship and the CIF State Division II Bowl. He made the 2011 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay second team and All-Mission League MVP as a sophomore, completing 88-of-168 passes for 1,368 yards (52.4%) with 10 TDs and 4 interceptions and running for 694 yards on 86 carries (8.1 avg) with 7 TDs. As a 3-year starter, he went 35-6 while throwing for 6,355 yards with 68 TDs and running for 3,040 yards with 30 TDs.



    DON HILL--Defensive End-Outside Linebacker, 6-4, 235, Boise, ID (Timberline HS)

    He missed most of his 2013 senior season as a defensive end at Timberline High in Boise (Id.) with an Achilles injury. As a 2012 junior, he made All-Southern Idaho League second team while getting 70 tackles, including 17 for loss (with 7 sacks). He also played basketball at Timberline.

    TOA LOBENDAHN--Offensive Line, 6-3, 290, La Habra (La Habra HS)

    He made the 2013 Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Freeway League Lineman of the Year as a senior offensive and defensive lineman at La Habra (Calif.) High. As a 2012 junior at Lakewood (Calif.) High, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team.