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."