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USC FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES EARLY SIGNING PERIOD 2019 CLASS

LOS ANGELES–Seventeen high school football players and a junior college player signed letters of intent with USC today (Dec. 19) on the first day of the early signing period, USC head coach Clay Helton announced.

Eight of the signees will graduate early from high school and enroll at USC in January, so they can participate in the upcoming spring practice, as will the junior college transfer.  The other nine signees will join the Trojan program in the fall.

The 2019 spring enrollment signees are, alphabetically: DB Briton Allen of IMG Academy in Bradenton (Fla.), DL Nick Figueroa of Riverside (Calif.) City College, LB Ralen Goforth of St. John Bosco High in Bellflower (Calif.), DL/OLB Drake Jackson of Centennial High in Corona (Calif.), OL/DL Gino Quinones of Saint Louis School in Honolulu (Hi.), QB Kedon Slovis of Desert Mountain High in Scottsdale (Ariz.), LB Stanley Ta’ufo’ou of Grace Brethren High in Simi Valley (Calif.), DB Max Williams of Serra High in Gardena (Calif.) and TE Jude Wolfe of St. John Bosco High in Bellflower (Calif.).

The 2019 fall enrollment signees are, alphabetically:  DL Dejon Benton of Pittsburg (Calif.) High, RB Kenan Christon (photo above) of Madison High in San Diego (Calif.), DB Trey Davis of Federal Way (Wash.) High, OL Tilini Livai of Narbonne High in Carson (Calif.), WR Drake London of Moorpark (Calif.) High, WR Munir McClain of JSerra Catholic High in San Juan Capistrano (Calif.), TE Ethan Rae of Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High, OL Jason Rodriguez of Oak Hills (Calif.) High and LB Maninoa Tufono of Punahou School in Honolulu (Hi.).

“I am very proud to welcome these new student-athletes to the Trojan Family,” said Helton.  “I am thankful to each one of them and their parents for making the decision to attend USC.  They are all very talented players and will represent everything that we stand for at USC.  I also would like to thank our staff for the effort they put into this initial signing period.  As we proceed to the February signing period, we have work to do to add more outstanding players to this class and we are looking forward to it.”

USC is expected to add additional players to its 2019 class in the upcoming February signing period.

USC FOOTBALL EARLY SIGNING PERIOD 2019 CLASS SIGNEES

 

SPRING ENROLLMENT

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

 

NAME                           POS     HGT     WGT     HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Briton Allen                   DB       6-0        185       Orlando, FL (IMG Academy)

Ralen Goforth               LB        6-2        225       Long Beach, CA (St. John Bosco)

Drake Jackson              DL/OLB 6-4        260       Corona, CA (Centennial)

Gino Quinones              OL/DL   6-3        280       Ewa Beach, HI (Saint Louis)

Kedon Slovis                QB       6-2        185       Scottsdale, AZ (Desert Mountain)

Stanley Ta’ufo’ou          LB        6-3        255       Simi Valley, CA (Grace Brethren)

Max Williams                 DB       5-9        175       Carson, CA (Serra)

Jude Wolfe                   TE        6-5        250       Laguna Hills, CA (St. John Bosco)

SPRING ENROLLMENT

JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS

 

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

Nick Figueroa                DL        6-5        275       San Bernardino, CA (Cajon/Cal Poly/Riverside CC)

FALL ENROLLMENT

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

 

NAME                           POS     HGT     WGT     HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Dejon Benton                DL        6-3        285       Oakland, CA (Pittsburg)

Kenan Christon             RB        5-10      185       San Diego, CA (Madison)

Trey Davis                    DB       6-0        185       Federal Way, WA (Federal Way)

Tilini Livai                      OL        6-3        300       Torrance, CA (Narbonne)

Drake London               WR       6-5        205       Moorpark, CA (Moorpark)

Munir McClain               WR       6-4        210       San Juan Capistrano, CA (JSerra Catholic)

Ethan Rae                     TE        6-5        240       Anaheim Hills, CA (Orange Lutheran)

Jason Rodriguez           OL        6-6        325       Oak Hills, CA (Oak Hills)

Maninoa Tufono            LB        6-3        235       Halawa, HI (Punahou)

BIOGRAPHIES ON USC FOOTBALL’S 2019 SPRING ENROLLEES

ALLEN—He was a 2018 senior safety at IMG Academy in Bradenton (Fla.).  He had 21 tackles and 3 deflections in 2018.  He spent his first 3 seasons at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando (Fla.), playing safety and wide receiver.  As a junior in 2017, he made FloridaHSFootball.com All-State first team (as a utility player) as he had 71 tackles and a forced fumble on defense, caught 11 passes for 238 yards (21.6 avg) with 3 TDs and ran for 24 yards on 3 carries (8.0 avg) on offense and had 4 punt returns for 102 yards (25.5 avg) with a TD and 6 kickoff returns for 50 yards (8.3 avg).  As a 2016 sophomore, he had 29 tackles on defense, 6 catches for 179 yards (29.8 avg) with 1 TD and 3 carries for 113 yards (37.7 avg) with 1 TD on offense.  As a 2015 freshman, he had 15 tackles and caught a 23-yard pass.  He also played lacrosse at Lake Highland Prep.  His first name is pronounced “BRIT-un.”

FIGUEROA—He made 2018 All-Southern California Football Association National Southern League Defensive Player of the Year as a redshirt freshman defensive end from Riverside (Calif.) City College.  He had 38 tackles, including 19.5 for losses (with 11.5 sacks), in 2018.  He redshirted as a freshman defensive end at Cal Poly in 2017.  As a 2016 senior defensive end and tight end at Cajon High in San Bernardino (Calif.) in his only season playing football, he made All-Citrus Belt League as he had 86 tackles, including 19 for loss (with 12 sacks), plus 3 deflections, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.  He also played baseball at Cajon.  His last name is pronounced “fig-uh-ROE-uh.”

GOFORTH—He was a 2018 senior outside linebacker at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower (Calif.).  He had 103 tackles, including 7 for losses (with 6 sacks), plus 3 deflections and a fumble recovery in 2018.  St. John Bosco advanced to the 2018 CIF Division 1 championship game.  As a 2017 junior, he had 44 tackles, 4 deflections and a fumble recovery.  As a 2016 sophomore, he had 64 tackles, 2 deflections, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble on defense and 27 yards on 8 carries (3.4 avg) and a 4-yard reception on offense.  He also was on St. John Bosco’s track team.  His brother, Randall, was a cornerback at UCLA (2012-16) who spent 2017 on injured reserve with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and is now with the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.  His name is pronounced “RAY-lun GOE-forth.”

JACKSON—He made 2018 All-Big VIII League Co-MVP as a senior defensive end at Centennial High in Corona (Calif.).  He had 27 tackles, including 5 for losses (with 3.5 sacks), plus 6 deflections and 3 fumble recoveries (1 for a TD) in 2018.  As a junior in 2017, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Juniors first team, All-CIF Division 1, Riverside Press Enterprise All-Area first team and All-Big VIII League Defensive Lineman of the Year as he had 28 tackles, including 6 sacks, plus an interception, 3 deflections and a forced fumble.  As a 2016 sophomore, he had 29 tackles and 2 deflections.

QUINONES—He made 2018 PrepStar All-Western Region and Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first team as a senior defensive lineman at Saint Louis School in Honolulu (Hi.).  He also played basketball at Saint Louis.

SLOVIS—He made 2018 PrepStar All-Western Region and Sports360AZ All-Academic honorable mention as a senior quarterback at Desert Mountain High in Scottsdale (Ariz.).  He completed 183-of-294 passes (62.2%) for 2,542 yards with 18 TDs and 6 interceptions in 2018.  As a junior in 2017, he made USA Today All-Arizona honorable mention as he completed 251-of-392 passes (64.0%) for 2,987 yards and 32 TDs with 5 interceptions.  His quarterbacks coach at Desert Mountain was NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.

TA’UFO’OU—He made 2018 PrepStar All-Western Region and All-Camino League Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior linebacker and running back at Grace Brethren High in Simi Valley (Calif.).  In 2018, he had 97 tackles, including 17 for losses (with 9.5 sacks), 6 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a deflection on defense, ran for 166 yards on 24 carries (11.1 avg) with 2 TD and had a 12-yard reception on offense and had a 16-yard kickoff return.  Grace Brethern won the 2018 state 2AA and CIF Division 4 titles.  As a junior in 2017, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team, Cal-Hi Sports Juniors third team, All-CIF Division 8 Player of the Year and All-Tri-Valley first team as he had 89 tackles, including 10 sacks, plus an interception for a TD, 3 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a deflection on defense and ran for 35 yards on 10 carries (3.5 avg) and caught 2 passes for 33 yards (16.5 avg) on offense.  Grace Brethern was the 2017 CIF Division 4 champion and state Division 2AA runner-up.  As a 2016 sophomore, he made All-Tri-Valley first team as he had 39 tackles, including 6.5 sacks, and a deflection, plus 67 yards on 3 carries (22.3 avg) with a TD and caught an 8-yard pass.  As a 2015 freshman, he had 39 tackles, including 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, plus 25 yards on 4 carries (2.5 avg).  Grace Brethern was the 2017 CIF Division 4 champion and state 2AA runner-up.  His last name is pronounced “tau-FOE-oh.”

WILLIAMS—He made 2018 PrepStar Dream Team as a senior cornerback and wide receiver at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.).  He suffered torn knee ligaments in the 2018 season opener and was sidelined the rest of the year.  As a junior in 2017, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Juniors first team, All-CIF Division 1 and South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team as he had 27 tackles, 7 deflections, 3 interceptions (2 for TDs), 2 blocked field goals, a fumble recovery (for a TD) and a forced fumble on defense, caught 16 passes for 150 yards (9.4 avg) on offense and returned 16 punts (1 for a TD) for 266 yards (16.6 avg) and 15 kickoffs for 305 yards (20.3 avg).  As a 2016 sophomore, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomores first team, All-CIF Division 1, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League first team as he had 24 tackles, 4 deflections and 2 interceptions along with 25 receptions for 278 yards (11.1 avg) with 2 TDs and a punt return for a TD.  As a 2015 freshman, he made Max Preps Freshman All-American first team as he had 34 tackles, 4 deflections and 3 interceptions, plus caught a 25-yard pass.  He also sprinted for Serra’s track team (he led off the CIF Division 4 championship 400-meter relay team).

WOLFE—He made 2018 PrepStar All-American as a senior tight end at St. John Bosco in Bellflower (Calif.).  He had 14 catches for 225 yards (16.1 avg) with 7 TDs in 2018.  As a junior in 2017, he had 9 receptions for 113 yards (12.6 avg) with 3 TDs.  As a 2016 sophomore, he had a 21-yard catch.  He also played basketball at St. John Bosco.  His father, Mark, played football at Western Michigan (1977-80).  His brother, Jakob, was a tight end at Stony Brook (2014).  His sister, Jacqueline, played volleyball at Hawaii Pacific (2015).  His cousin, Ryan Gutierrez, was a safety at California (2001-04).

BIOGRAPHIES ON USC FOOTBALL’S 2019 FALL ENROLLEES

BENTON—He was a 2018 senior defensive and offensive lineman at Pittsburg (Calif.) High.  He had 43 tackles, including 11 for losses (with 2 sacks), plus a forced fumble and a deflection in 2018.  As a junior in 2017, he had 36 tackles, including 2 for losses (with a sack), plus a fumble recovery and a deflection.

CHRISTON—He made 2018 PrepStar All-Western Region and All-CIF San Diego first team as senior running back and cornerback at Madison High in San Diego (Calif.).  He ran for 980 yards on 127 carries (7.7 avg) with 11 TD and caught 9 passes for 122 yards (13.6 avg) with 1 TD in 2018.  As a junior in 2017, he made All-CIF San Diego second team as he ran for 1,233 yards on 111 carries (11.1 avg) with 16 TDs and caught 6 passes for 107 yards (17.8 avg) with 1 TD.  As a 2016 sophomore, he rushed for 829 yards on 100 carries (8.3 avg) with 9 TDs, caught 3 passes for 29 yards (9.7 avg) with 1 TD, returned 13 kickoffs for 330 yards (25.4 avg) with 1 TD and made 6 tackles.  He also ran track at Madison, with bests of 10.58 in the 100 meters, 21.20 in the 200 meters and 23-9.5 in the long jump.  At the 2018 CIF San Diego Division 2 meet, he won the 100, was second in the 200 and third in the long jump, then was sixth in the 100 and 200 at the 2018 California state meet.  His name is pronounced “KEY-nun KRIS-tun.”

DAVIS—A knee injury forced him to miss most of his 2018 senior season but he made PrepStar All-Western Region at cornerback at Federal Way (Wash.) High.  He had 30 tackles, including 8 for a loss, as a 2017 junior.  He also ran track at Federal Way, with a best of 10.94 in the 100 meters and 22.73 in the 200 meters.  He helped the 400-meter relay team win the 2018 State 4A title.  His full first name is Treyvon.

LIVAI—He made 2018 PrepStar All-Western Region as a senior offensive lineman at Narbonne High in Harbor City (Calif.).  He previously played at Hilo (Hi.) High, where as a 2017 junior he made All-Big Island Scholastic Federation and helped Hilo win the Hawaii Division 1 state championship.  He also was on Hilo’s track team (shot put and discus throw).

LONDON—He made 2018 PrepStar All-American and All-Camino League Co-Wide Receiver of the Year as a senior wide receiver at Moorpark (Calif.) High.  He had 62 catches for 1,089 yards (17.6 avg) with 12 TDs in 2018.  As a junior in 2017, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Juniors third team, All-CIF Division 5 and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team as he had 51 receptions for 1,032 yards (20.2 avg) with 11 TDs, plus he rushed 5 times for 123 yards (24.6 avg) and threw a 14-yard TD pass.  He also played basketball at Moorpark.  He averaged 19.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a 2018 junior.

McCLAIN—He made 2018 PrepStar All-Western Region as a senior wide receiver at JSerra Catholic High in San Juan Capistrano (Calif.).  He had 40 receptions for 659 yards (16.5 avg) with 10 TDs in 2018, although he missed the first half of the season while recovering from a 2017 knee injury.  As a junior in 2017, he caught 19 passes for 390 yards (20.5 avg) with 4 TDs and also had an 11-yard kickoff return before suffering a mid-season knee injury.  He also played basketball at JSerra.  His brother, Abdul-Malik, is a redshirt freshman outside linebacker at USC.  His first name is pronounced “moo-NEER.”

RAE—He made 2018 PrepStar All-American as a senior tight end at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High.  He had 7 catches for 58 yards (8.3 avg) on offense and 19 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries on defense in 2018.  He was sidelined as a 2017 junior with a torn knee ligament.  He spent his 2016 sophomore season at Servite High in Anaheim (Calif.), getting 13 catches for 192 yards (14.8 avg) with 2 TDs.  He also played basketball and baseball at Servite.

RODRIGUEZ—He made 2018 PrepStar Dream Team and All-Mojave River League first team as a senior offensive and defensive tackle at Oak Hills (Calif.) High.  As a junior in 2017, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Juniors second team, All-CIF Division 3, San Bernardino Sun-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin All-Area and All-Mojave River League first team.  He also was on the basketball and track (shot put, discus throw) teams at Oak Hills.

TUFONO—He made 2018 PrepStar Dream Team and Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State second team as a senior inside linebacker at Punahou School in Honolulu (Hi.).  As a junior in 2017, he made USA Today All-Hawaii second team.  He also played basketball at Punahou.  His father, Albert, played inside linebacker at Washington (1983-84, 1987), while his brother, Jack, is a sophomore offensive lineman at Idaho State.  His name is pronounced “man-ee-NO-uh too-FOE-no.”



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