Football
    USC Football Announces 2017 Signing Class

    Clay Helton
    Feb. 1, 2017

    Eighteen high school football players signed letters of intent with defending Rose Bowl champion USC today (Feb. 1) and will join the Trojan program in the fall, USC head coach Clay Helton announced.

    They are part of a 23-member signing class that includes 5 other players who already enrolled at USC in January and will participate in the upcoming spring practice.

    Many recruiting media outlets ranked USC’s class in the national Top 5 (tops in the Pac-12), including ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com. Fourteen players in USC’s signing class are listed among the ESPN 300, including six in the top 100.

    This fall’s incoming freshmen are, alphabetically: DB Bubba Bolden of Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas (Nev.); RB Stephen Carr of Summit HS in Fontana (Calif.); LB Hunter Echols of Cathedral HS in Los Angeles (Calif.); LB Juliano Falaniko of Leone HS in Pago Pago, American Samoa; TE Josh Falo of Inderkum HS in Sacramento (Calif.); DB Je’Quari Godfrey of Bishop O’Dowd HS in Oakland (Calif.); WR Randal Grimes of Desert Pines HS in Las Vegas (Nev.); OL Austin Jackson of North Canyon HS in Phoenix (Ariz.); ATH Greg Johnson of Hawkins HS in Los Angeles (Calif.); LB Levi Jones of Westlake HS in Austin (Tex.); TE Erik Krommenhoek of Monte Vista HS in Danville (Calif.); WR Joseph Lewis IV of Hawkins HS in Los Angeles (Calif.); DL Jacob Lichtenstein of Cypress Bay HS in Weston (Fla.); OL Brett Neilon of Santa Margarita HS in Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.); DL Brandon Pili of Westview HS in Portland (Ore.); DB Isaiah Pola-Mao of Mountain Pointe HS in Phoenix (Ariz.); DL Jay Tufele of Bingham HS in South Jordan (Utah); and OL Alijah Vera-Tucker of Bishop O’Dowd HS in Oakland (Calif.).

    The 5 players who joined USC last month as freshmen are SNP Damon Johnson of Glendora (Calif.) HS via Citrus JC; LB Tayler Katoa of Layton (Utah) HS; QB Jack Sears of San Clemente (Calif.) HS; DL Marlon Tuipulotu of Central HS in Independence (Ore.); and OL Andrew Vorhees of Kingsburg (Calif.) HS. Katoa, Sears, Tuipulotu and Vorhees graduated a semester early from high school.

     

     

    “We are extremely pleased to welcome this group of young men to the Trojan Family,” said Helton. “They not only are outstanding players but they are quality people from amazing families.

    “In my seven years at USC, I have seen what an unbelievable product we have to offer at USC. I also have seen how important relationships and staff consistency are to the young men who sign with us and to their families. Those qualities make for a strong class. The fact that we did not lose any committed players today and we added some new ones make us all very happy coaches. “I congratulate our staff for securing such a talented class and I thank them for the hard work that made today possible. This class will join with our returning players to produce a team that will make the Trojan Family proud.”

    USC announced only 23 signees today because 2 scholarship Trojans who were on the 2016 team—DT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and PK Michael Brown—count as part of this 2017 class. They enrolled at USC in the fall of 2016 and were awarded advanced scholarships as allowed by NCAA rule.

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    2017 USC FOOTBALL SIGNEES

    SPRING ENROLLMENT

    HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

    NAME            POS    HGT    WGT    HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
    

    Tayler Katoa LB 6-2 220 Layton, UT (Layton)

    Jack Sears QB 6-3 195 San Clemente, CA (San Clemente)

    Marlon Tuipulotu DL 6-3 295 Independence, OR (Central)

    Andrew Vorhees OL 6-6 290 Kingsburg, CA (Kingsburg)

    JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS

    NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL/JUNIOR COLLEGE)

    Damon Johnson SNP 6-0 205 Glendora, CA (Glendora/Citrus JC)

    FALL ENROLLMENT

    HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

    NAME POS HGT WGT HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

    Bubba Bolden DB 6-3 190 Las Vegas, NV (Bishop Gorman)

    Stephen Carr RB 6-0 210 Gardena, CA (Summit)

    Hunter Echols LB 6-5 240 Los Angeles, CA (Cathedral)

    Juliano Falaniko LB 6-4 220 Pago Pago, American Samoa (Leone)

    Josh Falo TE 6-6 235 Sacramento, CA (Inderkum)

    Je’Quari Godfrey DB 6-2 185 Oakland, CA (Bishop O’Dowd)

    Randal Grimes WR 6-4 205 Las Vegas, NV (Desert Pines)

    Austin Jackson OL 6-6 290 Phoenix, AZ (North Canyon)

    Greg Johnson ATH 5-11 195 Los Angeles, CA (Hawkins)

    Levi Jones LB 6-3 220 Austin, TX (Westlake)

    Erik Krommenhoek TE 6-5 245 Danville, CA (Monte Vista)

    Joseph Lewis IV WR 6-2 205 Los Angeles, CA (Hawkins)

    Jacob Lichtenstein DL 6-5 255 Weston, FL (Cypress Bay)

    Brett Neilon OL 6-2 295 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Santa Margarita)

    Brandon Pili DL 6-4 320 Anchorage, AK (Westview (OR))

    Isaiah Pola-Mao DB 6-4 200 Phoenix, AZ (Mountain Pointe)

    Jay Tufele DL 6-3 295 Salt Lake City, UT (Bingham)

    Alijah Vera-Tucker OL 6-4 300 Oakland, CA (Bishop O’Dowd)

    BIOGRAPHIES ON USC FOOTBALL’S 2017 SPRING NEWCOMERS

    D. JOHNSON—He enrolled at USC in the spring of 2017 after transferring from a junior college. He did not play football in 2016 while attending Citrus Junior College in Glendora (Calif.). As a long snapper at Glendora (Calif.) High, he had 6 tackles as a 2015 senior, 2 tackles as a 2014 junior and 1 tackle as a 2013 sophomore. Current Trojan Matt Fink also prepped at Glendora.

    KATOA—He enrolled at USC in the spring of 2017 after graduating a semester early from high school. He made 2016 Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Prep Star All-West Region, USA Today All-Utah second team and Coaches All-State Class 5A second team as a senior linebacker, defensive end and quarterback at Layton (Utah) High. In 2016, he had 36 tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery for a TD on defense, while on offense he ran for 784 yards on 117 carries (6.7 avg) with 14 TDs and threw for 299 yards with 3 TDs and 3 interceptions on 21-of-55 passing (38.2%). As a junior in 2015, he had 11 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery on defense, plus he completed 59-of-102 passes (57.8%) for 784 yards with 6 TDs and 2 interceptions and ran for 334 yards on 83 attempts (4.0 avg) with 7 TDs on offense. As a 2014 sophomore, he had 40 tackles with 5 sacks, completed 26-of-65 passes (40.0%) for 311 yards with 5 TDs and 5 interceptions and ran for 54 yards on 63 carries (0.9 avg) with 3 TDs. His father, Fotu, was a tight end at BYU (1985, 1988-90), his mother, Elizabeth, was a distance runner at BYU in 1990, his sister, Eliza, is a senior outside hitter on Utah’s volleyball team, his brother-in-law, Rhett Nelson, pitched at Santa Clara (2010) and BYU (2014) and his uncle, Fred Katoa, was a nose guard at BYU (1989-90).

    SEARS—He enrolled at USC in the spring of 2017 after graduating a semester early from high school. He made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, USA Today All-California second team, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-South Coast League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior quarterback at San Clemente (Calif.) High. In 2016, he completed 223-of-338 passes (66.0%) for 2,602 yards with 37 TDs and 6 interceptions and ran for 1,135 yards on 171 carries (6.6 avg) with 9 TDs, plus he had an interception on defense. San Clemente won the 2016 CIF State 1-A championship and CIF Southern Section Division 2 title. As a 2015 junior, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior second team, All-CIF Southwest Division first team and All-Sea View League Offensive MVP as he completed 193-of-270 passes (71.5%) for 2,697 yards with 37 TDs and 2 interceptions and he ran for 862 yards on 112 attempts (7.7 avg) with 9 TDs, plus he caught a TD. As a 2014 sophomore mainly playing wide receiver while also backing up current USC quarterback Sam Darnold, he completed 18-of-34 passes (52.9%) for 215 yards, had 26 carries for 289 yards (11.1 avg) with 3 TDs and had 12 receptions for 178 yards (14.8 avg) with 3 TDs. Current Trojans Sam Darnold and Jake Russell also prepped at San Clemente.

    TUIPULOTU—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, USA Today All-Oregon Defensive Player of the Year, All-State Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and All-Mid-Willamette Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior defensive tackle and offensive tackle at Central High in Independence (Ore.). In 2016, he had 62 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 deflections and 1 blocked field goal. As a junior in 2015, he made All-State Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and All-Mid-Willamette Conference Defensive Player of the Year while making 78 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 deflections. As a 2014 sophomore, he made Max Preps Sophomore All-American second team while getting 72 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble. He had 57 tackles and 1 blocked field goal as a 2013 freshman. He also wrestled at Central, winning the state Class 5A 285-pound championship as a junior. His cousin is former USC (2005-08) defensive tackle Fili Moala, who played in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts (2009-14).

    VORHEES—He enrolled at USC in the spring of 2017 after graduating a semester early from high school. He was the 2016 Prep Star All-American, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, Fresno Bee All-Star and All-Central Sequoia League Lineman of the Year as a senior two-way tackle at Kingsburg (Calif.) High. In 2016, he had 32 tackles, 4 sacks and a fumble recovery for a TD on defense. As a 2015 junior, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior second tam and Fresno Bee All-Star as he had 38 tackles on defense. He had 7 tackles and a fumble recovery as a 2014 sophomore.

    BIOGRAPHIES ON USC FOOTBALL’S 2017 FALL NEWCOMERS

    BOLDEN—He made 2016 Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, USA Today All-Nevada Defensive Player of the Year, Las Vegas Review-Journal All-State first team and All-Southwest League as a senior safety at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas (Nev.). In 2016, he had 27 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 7 interceptions (1 for a TD), 2 deflections, 1 fumble recovery (for a TD) and 1 blocked field goal as Bishop Gorman won its eighth consecutive state title and third straight USA Today national championship. As a junior in 2015, he had 55 tackles, 3 interceptions (1 for a TD) and 3 deflections. He had 30 tackles and an interception as a 2014 sophomore.

    CARR—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team and Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Area second team as a senior running back at Summit High in Fontana (Calif.). In 2016, he ran for 2,123 yards on 233 carries (9.1 avg) with 31 TDs, plus caught 20 passes for 466 yards (23.3 avg) with 5 TDs, returned 5 kickoffs for 170 yards (34.0 avg) and 4 punts for 83 yards (20.8 avg) and made 12 tackles. As a junior in 2015, he made USA Today All-California second team Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team and All-CIF Central Division.

    ECHOLS—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team and Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team as a senior defensive end and linebacker at Cathedral High in Los Angeles (Calif.). In 2016, he made 79 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 1 interception (for a TD), 2 deflections and 1 forced fumble. As a junior in 2015, he made Max Preps All-State Medium Schools first team, All-CIF Southwest Division and Los Angeles Times All-Area first team while making 79 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 4 deflections, 3 fumble recoveries (1 for a TD) and 2 forced fumbles.

    FALANIKO—He made 2016 Prep Star All-West Region, All-American Samoa High School Athletic Association first team and MVP of the All Poly Camp as a senior linebacker and wide receiver at Leone High in Pago Pago, American Samoa. As a junior in 2015, he was All-American Samoa High School Athletic Association first team and Fa’asamoa Initiative Outstanding Football Student-Athlete. He is the first Trojan footballer who prepped in American Samoa since Travis Tofi (2003-06).

    FALO—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, Max Preps All-Sac-Joaquin Section second team and Sacramento Bee All-Sacramento Defensive Player of the Year as a senior tight end, linebacker, defensive end and punter at Inderkum High in Sacramento (Calif.). In 2016, he caught 21 passes for 410 yards (19.5 avg) with 8 TDs, completed 2-of-5 passes (40.0%) for 46 yards with 2 TDs and ran 5 yards on 3 carries (1.7 avg) on offense, plus he had 39 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 1 deflection on defense. As a junior in 2015, he had 11 receptions for 275 yards (25.0 avg) with 3 TDs and had a 6-yard carry on offense and he had 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks on defense. As a 2014 sophomore, he had 2 catches for 28 yards (14.0 avg) along with 32 tackles, 2 sacks and a deflection. His brother, N.J., is a junior outside linebacker at Colorado, while brother, Nate, was a defensive tackle at San Jose State (2013-15). He was born in Hawaii.

    GODFREY—He made 2016 Prep Star All-West Region, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, San Jose Mercury News All-Bay Area first team, San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team and All-West Alameda County Conference Foothill Division Defensive Player of the Year as a senior cornerback and wide receiver at Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland (Calif.). In 2016, he had 12 tackles, 3 interceptions (1 for a TD), 6 deflections and 1 fumble recovery on defense and caught 4 passes for 164 yards (41.0 avg) with 2 TDs on offense. As a junior in 2015, he had 20 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions and 3 deflections. Incoming Trojan Alijah Vera-Tucker also prepped at Bishop O’Dowd.

    GRIMES—He made 2016 Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Prep Star All-West Region and Las Vegas Review-Journal All-State honorable mention as a senior wide receiver, quarterback and free safety at Desert Pines High in Las Vegas (Nev.). In 2016, he threw for 1,003 yards with 9 TDs while being used mainly at quarterback as Desert Pines won the state 3A title. As a junior in 2015, he made All-State Division I-A first team as he had 26 receptions for 548 yards (21.1 avg) with 7 TDs, ran for 127 yards on 14 carries (9.7 avg) with 1 TD and made 9 tackles. He also was on Desert Pines’ track team (sprints, high jump, long jump). As a 2014 sophomore, he attended Sierra Vista High in Las Vegas, where he also played basketball. His brother, Nate, is a redshirt freshman forward on Fresno State’s basketball team.

    JACKSON—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-USA second team, Max Preps All-American second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team and USA Today All-Arizona first team as a senior offensive tackle and defensive end at North Canyon High in Phoenix (Ariz.). In 2016, he made 80 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 deflection, 1 fumble recovery, 1 blocked punt and 1 blocked field goal on defense. As a junior in 2015, he made Max Preps Junior All-American first team and USA Today All-Arizona first team while getting 72 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 blocked field goals and 1 deflection. As a 2014 sophomore, he had 56 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 1 blocked field goal. He made 11 tackles as a 2013 freshman. He also was on North Canyon’s track (placing fourth in the discus and sixth in the shot put in the 2016 state Division I championships) and basketball teams. His grandfather, Melvin Jackson, was a 1974 and 1975 letterman offensive tackle at USC (he played on the Trojans’ 1974 national championship team and in 1975 he won the team’s Lineman of the Year Award and Football Alumni Club Award for the team’s top cumulative grade point average), then he played 5 years (1976-80) in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers after being their 12th round pick in the 1976 Draft.

    G. JOHNSON—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, USA Today All-California first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, All-L.A. City Division II Player of the Year and All-Coliseum League Co-Player of the Year as a senior defensive back, running back and wide receiver at Hawkins High in Los Angeles (Calif.). In 2016, he had 55 tackles, 5 interceptions (1 for a TD) and 5 deflections on defense, ran for 1,317 yards on 122 carries (11.3 avg) with 13 TDs and had 17 receptions for 364 yards (21.4 avg) with 3 TDs on offense and returned 2 kickoffs for 47 yards (23.5 avg) and had a 34-yard punt return on special teams. As a junior in 2015, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team and All-L.A. City Division II first team while making 42 tackles, 4 interceptions (3 for TDs), 6 deflections on defense and running for 1,108 yards on 83 carries (13.3 avg) with 11 TDs, catching 28 passes for 422 yards (15.1 avg) with 6 TDs and completing 8-of-15 passes (53.3%) for 193 yards with 1 TD on offense. As a 2014 sophomore, he made Max Preps All-State Division III second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools second team, Max Preps Sophomore All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and All-L.A. City Division III while making 52 tackles, 1 interception and 2 deflections on defense, running for 2,371 yards on 147 carries (16.1 avg) with 20 TDs, catching 20 passes for 416 yards (20.8 avg) with 4 TDs and completing 41-of-65 passes (63.1%) for 1,049 yards with 8 TDs on offense and returning 3 kickoffs for 92 yards (30.7 avg) and 3 punts for 118 yards (39.3 avg) with 1 TD on special teams. As a 2013 freshman, he had 44 tackles, 3 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles on defense and ran for 637 yards on 79 carries (8.1 avg) with 4 TDs and completed 19-of-31 passes (61.3%) for 414 yards with 2 TDs on offense. Incoming Trojan Joseph Lewis IV also prepped at Hawkins.

    JONES—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American second team and USA Today All-Texas first team as a senior outside linebacker at Westlake High in Austin (Tex.). In 2016, he had 103 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 4 deflections and 2 forced fumbles. As a junior in 2015, he had 116 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 4 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal. As a 2014 sophomore, he had 19 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1 interception. His father, Robert Jones, was an All-American linebacker at East Carolina (1988-91) and then was drafted in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys and played 10 years in the NFL with the Cowboys (1992-95, including winning NFC Rookie of the Year in 1992 and winning 3 Super Bowls), St. Louis Rams (1996-97), Miami Dolphins (1998-2000) and Washington Redskins (2001). His brother, Cayleb, was a wide receiver at Texas (2011) and Arizona (2012-15) and then in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings (2016), while brother, Isaiah (Zay), was a wide receiver at East Carolina (2013-16) who set NCAA career (399) and season (158 in 2016) reception records. His uncle, Jeff Blake, was a quarterback at East Carolina and then in the NFL with the New York Jets (1992-93), Cincinnati Bengals (1994-99), New Orleans Saints (2000-01), Baltimore Ravens (2002), Arizona Cardinals (2003), Philadelphia Eagles (2004) and Chicago Bears (2005). His cousin, Emory Blake, was a wide receiver at Auburn (2009-11, including on the Tigers’ 2010 national championship team).

    KROMMENHOEK—He made 2016 Prep Star All-West Region, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, San Jose Mercury News All-Bay Area first team and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro second team as a senior tight end and defensive end at Monte Vista High in Danville (Calif.). In 2016, he had 26 receptions for 447 yards (17.2 avg) with 7 TDs on offense and 3 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 deflections and 1 fumble recovery on defense. As a junior in 2015, he had 5 receptions for 50 yards (10.0 avg), plus 3 sacks, 3 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 blocked field goal. As a 2014 sophomore, he had 7 receptions for 60 yards (8.6 avg) with 1 TD and 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 1 deflection. His parents both attended UCLA.

    LEWIS—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, All-L.A. City Division II first team and All-Coliseum League first team as a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Hawkins High in Los Angeles (Calif.). In 2016, he had 21 catches for 555 yards (26.4 avg) with 7 TDs, 61 tackles, 2 interceptions (1 for a TD) and 2 fumble recoveries and 6 punt returns for 179 yards (29.8 avg). As a junior in 2015, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior third team and All-L.A. City Division II second team as he had 51 receptions for 852 yards (16.7 avg) with 8 TDs, 48 tackles, 6 deflections, 2 interceptions (1 for a TD), 10 punt returns for 236 yards (23.6 avg) with 1 TD, 2 kickoff returns for 30 yards (15.0 avg) and punted 12 times for a 44.9 average. As a 2014 sophomore, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore second team and All-L.A. City Division III as he had 37 receptions for 978 yards (26.4 avg) with 3 TDs, 3 carries for 47 yards (15.7 avg) with 2 TDs and 52 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 1 forced fumble. As a 2013 freshman, he had 33 catches for 775 yards (23.5 avg) with 3 TDs and 13 tackles, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery. Incoming Trojan Greg Johnson also prepped at Hawkins.

    LICHTENSTEIN—He made 2016 Prep Star All-Southeast and All-State Class 8A second team as a defensive end at Cypress Bay High in Weston (Fla.).

    NEILON—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League first team as a senior offensive tackle at Santa Margarita High in Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.). As a junior in 2015, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior second team. He also played basketball at Santa Margarita. His father and brother attended USC and 2 of his aunts were on the USC golf team (Kim Saiki from 1985-88, who played on the LPGA Tour, and Laura Saiki from 1988-91). He grew up in Tokyo, Japan, home of his mother, where he participated in baseball, basketball and the martial art of aikido.

    PILI—He made 2016 Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets Best of the Rest as a senior defensive end at Westview High in Portland (Ore.). He spent his first 3 years of high school at Dimond High in Anchorage (Ak.), where he had 17 tackles and 1 sack as a 2014 sophomore. He also was on the track (shot put and discus throw) and wrestling teams at Dimond.

    POLA-MAO—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, USA Today All-Arizona first team and All-East Valley Tribune Defensive Player of the Year as a senior safety and wide receiver at Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix (Ariz.). In 2016, he had 100 tackles, 10 interceptions (3 for TDs), 18 deflections and 2 forced fumbles on defense and 28 receptions for 646 yards (23.1 avg) with 9 TDs on offense. As a junior in 2015, he made USA Today All-Arizona first team as he had 98 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 deflections and 1 forced fumble, plus 27 receptions for 435 yards (16.1 avg) with 5 TDs. As a 2013 sophomore, he made USA Today All-Arizona first team as he had 35 tackles, 7 interceptions (2 for TDs) and 1 forced fumble and caught 3 passes for 46 yards (15.3 avg) with 2 TDs. He also was on Mountain Pointe’s basketball and track (sprints, hurdles, high jump, long jump) teams. His father, Tracey, played football at San Diego State (1988-90, 1992, where he was the 1992 team captain and Most Inspirational Player) and with the Arena League’s Arizona Rattlers (1994-96). His uncle is former USC 2-time All-American safety Troy Polamalu (1999-2002), who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2003-14, winning 2 Super Bowls and making 8 Pro Bowls). His great uncle is former USC fullback (1982-85) and assistant coach (2000-03, 2010-12) Kennedy Polamalu.

    TUFELE—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and Orange County Register Fab 15 first team as a senior defensive tackle at Bingham High in South Jordan (Utah). He did not see action in 2016 because of a torn ligament in his foot. Bingham won the state 5A title in 2016. As a junior in 2015, he was Salt Lake Tribune MVP while making 57 tackles and 10.5 sacks. As a 2014 sophomore, he made Max Preps Sophomore All-American first team while getting 63 tackles and 6 sacks. He also played rugby.

    VERA-TUCKER—He made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, San Jose Mercury News All-Bay Area first team and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team as a senior offensive tackle and defensive end at Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland (Calif.). In 2016, he had 12 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1 blocked punt. Bishop O’Dowd won the 2016 state Class 5-AA title. Incoming Trojan Je’Quari Godfrey also prepped at Bishop O’Dowd.