USC Football Recruiting: Lane Kiffin Says Trojans Sign Six Early Enrollees

Bill N@@Bill_N1Correspondent IDecember 16, 2010

Head Coach Lane Kiffin
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USC received letters of intent from two junior college football players and four high school players signed financial aid agreements, head coach Lane Kiffin announced.

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

There will be more spring enrollees for USC in the near future because the Trojans have up to 10 slots which don’t count against the 2011 recruiting limit of 20* players.

The junior college players are David Garness (OL, 6'5", 290, Anchorage, AK, Bartlett HS, Anchorage, AK/City College of San Francisco, CA) and Isiah Wiley (CB, 6'1", 185, West Monroe, LA, West Monroe (LA) HS/Arizona Western JC, Yuma, AZ).

The high school signees are 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), and Max Wittek (QB, 6'3", 205, Newport Beach, CA, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA).

USC has 19 commitments so far in the 2011 recruiting class including two 5-star (WR George Farmer and athlete De’Anthony Thomas) and six 4-star rated players to put them in the top six recruiting in the nation, according to

Player Bios

David Garness: He was a two-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 runner-up.

In 2008, he briefly attended Alaska Anchorage and then walked on at Hawaii, but did not see any action. He was a two-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 kick-offs 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 percent) 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 percent) 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 percent) for 2,126 yards and 15 TDs with 9 interceptions and ran for 189 yards with 2 TDs…He grew up in Connecticut.


*The NCAA appeal decision is likely to be after the February 2 signing day, and USC has appealed five of the 10 scholarship reductions for 2011.  So, there will be 20 scholarships available.