Starr, Wheeler sign early with USC

Head coach Lane Kiffin has announced the signings of Norco (Calif.) High School outside linebacker Scott Starr and Santa Monica (Calif.) High School offensive tackle Chad Wheeler, according to a release on the University's official site. Both players will graduate from high school early, enroll at USC in January, and participate in spring practice.

Starr, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound four-star prospect who committed in May, registered more than 200 tackles and eight sacks over the course of the last two seasons. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Wheeler, a three-star, originally committed to Arizona State before switching to USC in September.

The high school pair joins two junior college players who also signed with the Trojans; Pierce College (Woodland Hills, Calif.) safety Gerald Bowman and Diablo Valley Community College (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) defensive end Morgan Breslin, a UCLA decommitment.

Kiffin commented on those signings, "We are thrilled to add both Gerald and Morgan into our program in January. Gerald was the nation's No. 2-rated junior college player and we look forward to him making an impact on our team over the next two years. Morgan's last-minute decision to change to USC was very critical to us because Nick Perry left early to go to the NFL. After an extremely productive two-year junior college career, he will raise the competition level on our defensive line."