USC, desperate to keep its numbers up due to NCAA sanctions, signed six players Wednesday who will enroll in January and not count against the 2011 recruiting class that will be limited by scholarship reductions.
The signees include two junior college football players and four high school players. The six players will enroll at USC in the 2011 spring semester and participate in spring football practice. The release announcing the signings noted that coach Lane Kiffin "said he expects several more spring enrollees will sign with USC in the near future."
The junior college signees are offensive lineman David Garness of City College of San Francisco (Calif.) and cornerback Isiah Wiley of Arizona Western JC in Yuma, Ariz. Both will enter USC as juniors.
The prep signees are quarterback Cody Kessler of Centennial High School in Bakersfield, Calif., quarterback Max Wittek of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., kicker Andre Heidari of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield and fullback Soma Vainuku of Eureka (Calif.) High School.
You can read their bios here.
Kessler and Wittek are two of the best quarterbacks in the nation. Kessler is the Gatorade California Player of the Year, while Wittek is a member of the ESPNU 150. Vainuku originally signed with USC in February 2010, but did not qualify for admission.