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December 15, 2010

Six in, more to come says Kiffin

Two junior college football players signed letters of intent with USC and four high school players signed financial aid agreements with the Trojans, USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced today.

The six players will enroll at USC in the 2011 spring semester and participate in spring football practice.

Kiffin said he expects several more spring enrollees will sign with USC in the near future.

The junior college signees are OL David Garness of City College of San Francisco (Calif.) and CB Isiah Wiley of Arizona Western JC in Yuma, Ariz. Both will enter USC as juniors.

The prep signees are PK Andre Heidari of Stockdale HS in Bakersfield, Calif., QB Cody Kessler of Centennial HS in Bakersfield, Calif., FB Soma Vainuku of Eureka (Calif.) HS and QB Max Wittek of Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, Calif.

2010-11 USC FOOTBALL MID-YEAR SIGNEES

2011 SPRING ENROLLMENT

JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYERS

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

David Garness (OL, 6-5, 290, Anchorage, AK, Bartlett HS, Anchorage, AK/City College of San Francisco, CA)

Isiah Wiley (DB, 6-1, 185, West Monroe, LA, West Monroe (LA) HS/Arizona Western JC, Yuma, AZ)

2011 SPRING ENROLLMENT

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

NAME (POS, HGT, WGT, HOMETOWN, HIGH SCHOOL)

Andre Heidari (PK, 5-11, 190, Bakersfield, CA, Stockdale HS, Bakersfield, CA)

Cody Kessler (QB, 6-2, 220, Bakersfield, CA, Centennial HS, Bakersfield, CA)

Soma Vainuku (FB, 6-2, 255, Eureka, CA, Eureka (CA) HS)

Max Wittek (QB, 6-3, 205, Newport Beach, CA, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA)

BIOGRAPHIES ON USC'S 2011 MID-YEAR FOOTBALL NEWCOMERS

DAVID GARNESS--He was a 2-time (2009-10) All-NorCal Conference first team selection as an offensive tackle at City College of San Francisco (Calif.)...CCSF went 10-1 in 2010 and was the state runnerup...In 2008, he briefly attended Alaska Anchorage and then walked on at Hawaii, but did not see any action...He was a 2-time (2006-07) All-State and All-Conference honoree at Bartlett High in Anchorage (Ak.), where he played on the offensive and defensive lines and was the long snapper...He could become the first Trojan letterman to claim Alaska as his home.

ANDRE HEIDARI--He kicked 8 field goals and 17 PATS, had touchbacks on 53 of his 65 kickoffs and averaged 38.4 yards punting as a 2010 senior placekicker and punter at Stockdale High in Bakersfield (Calif.)...As a 2009 junior, 59 of his 70 kickoffs were touchbacks and 20 of his punts pinned opponents within the 20-yard line (with a long of 63 yards) as he made the All-Southwest Yosemite League second team.

CODY KESSLER--His 2010 honors included Gatorade California Player of the Year as a senior quarterback at Centennial High in Bakersfield (Calif.)...He completed 175-of-251 (69.7%) of his passes for 2,831 yards and 36 TDs with just 2 interceptions in 2010 and rushed for 324 yards on 75 carries (4.3 avg.) with 8 TDs...He also averaged 36.4 yards on 32 punts in 2010, with a 13 pinning opponents within the 20-yard line and a long of 60 yards...Centennial was 10-2 in 2010...As a 2009 junior, he was named Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass and Bakersield Californian Area Player of the Year as he threw for 2,195 yards with 14 TDs and 6 interceptions and also ran for 12 TDs...Centennial was the CIF Central Section runnerup...He also played basketball at Centennial, where he averaged 29.5 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and was named the Bakersfield Area Player of the Year (becoming the first player to be so honored in both football and basketball).

SOMA VAINUKU--He originally signed with USC in February of 2010, but did not qualify for admission, so he returned to Eureka (Calif.) High but did not play football in 2010...His 2009 honors included Super Prep All-Farwest, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team and All-Humboldt-Del Norte Big Four League first team as a senior linebacker and fullback at Eureka...He had 2,202 yards on 252 carries (8.7 avg.) with 38 TDs on offense and 14 tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumbled on defense in 2009...Eureka won the 2009 CIF North Coast Division II title...As a junior in 2008, he had 800 rushing yards with 14 TDs on offense and 34 tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble on defense...As a sophomore in 2007, he had 1,500 rushing yards with 27 TDs...His father was a rugby star in Tonga...His cousin is former USC All-American (2005-08) and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga.

ISIAH WILEY--His 2010 honors included NJCAA Region I Defensive Co-MVP and All-Western States Football League first team as a sophomore cornerback and safety at Arizona Western Junior College in Yuma (Ariz.)...Arizona Western went 10-2 in 2010...He also started at Arizona Western as a freshman in 2009...He earned 2008 Class 5A All-State first team honors as a senior defensive back at West Monroe (La.) High...He had 45 tackles and 2 interceptions in 2008.

MAX WITTEK--His 2010 honors included All-Trinity League first team as a senior quarterback at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (Calif.)...He completed 153-of-282 passes (54.3%) for 2,252 yards with 24 TDs and 15 interceptions in 2010, plus ran for 175 yards with 6 TDs...As a 2009 junior, he made the All-Trinity League second team as he completed 136-of-230 passes (59.1%) for 2,126 yards and 15 TDs with 9 interceptions and ran for 189 yards with 2 TDs...He grew up in Connecticut.


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