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Class of 2017: OL Alijah Vera-Tucker

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

The Trojans get another Bay Area product in OL Alijah Vera-Tucker (Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland, CA). Vera-Tucker also played DE as a senior, and earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-California first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, San Jose Mercury News All-Bay Area first team and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team honors.

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Class of 2017: DB Je'Quari Godfrey

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

As a WR and DB at Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, CA), Je'Quari "Jay" Godfrey netted 12 tackles, 3 INT (1 for a TD), 6 deflections and 1 fumble recovery on defense and caught 4 passes for 164 yards (41.0 avg) with 2 TD on offense. He earned 2016 Prep Star All-West Region, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, San Jose Mercury News All-Bay Area first team, San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team and All-West Alameda County Conference Foothill Division Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: TE Erik Krommenhoek

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Both of Erik Krommenhoek's parents are Bruins, but he's blazing his own path in college. The tight end out of Monte Vista HS (Danville, CA) made 2016 Prep Star All-West Region, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, San Jose Mercury News All-Bay Area first team and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro second team as a senior. He also played DE.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: OL Brett Neilon

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Brett Neilon follows in his family's footsteps in coming to USC, as his father, brother and two aunts are Trojan alumni. As a senior at Santa Margarita Catholic HS (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA), Neilon earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League first team honors.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: LB Hunter Echols

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

USC's first local product of the day has officially signed. LB Hunter Echols out of Cathedral HS (Los Angeles, CA) earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team and Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team honors as a senior DE and LB.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: LB Levi Jones

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Austin, TX native Levi Jones will get the chance to play against his hometown team in just the third game of his college career. The LB out of Westlake HS had 103 tackles, 12 TFL, 4 sacks, 4 deflections and 2 forced fumbles his senior year, earning 2016 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American second team and USA Today All-Texas first team honors. Football is in Jones' blood, as his dad, uncle and brother played in the NFL, with one more brother entering the NFL Draft this April.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: DL Jacob Lichtenstein

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Outside of California and Texas, USC loves its Florida products: Leonard Williams, Buck Allen, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Mike Williams and more. The next in line from the Sunshine State is DL Jacob Lichtenstein out of Weston, FL (Cypress Bay HS). Lichtenstein, who made the 2016 Prep Star All-Southeast and All-State Class 8A second team, kicks off USC's 2017 Signing Day with a bang.

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2017 National Signing Day Coverage

Class of 2017: DL Marlon Tuipulotu

National Signing Day is Wednesday, but the Trojans just nabbed yet another early enrollee.

The Trojans need some help shoring up their defensive line, and 5-star DL Marlon Tuipulotu should do just that. The 2016 Prep Star All-American racked up 62 tackles, 14 TFL, 6 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 deflections and a blocked field goal at Central High in Independence, OR this year. He was also named the USA Today All-Oregon Defensive Player of the Year, All-State Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and All-Mid-Willamette Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. The cousin of Trojan DT Fili Moala (USC '05-08), Tuipulotu also wrestled in high school, and will bring that athleticism to Troy.

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State of Troy: January 2017

Each month, we interview USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

Swann on winning the Rose Bowl Game...

Schedule2.jpgOur head coach Clay Helton did an extraordinary job of keeping the football team together after starting 1-3. We finished the season ranked No. 3 so that sends a powerful message to future Trojans. USC now stands a little taller. We look forward to taking that Rose Bowl win and pushing that success into a great recruiting season and continuing the pursuit of Pac-12 and National Championships.

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Swann on the 2017 football schedule...

We continue to schedule top competition. We start off next season with Western Michigan, a team which lost only one game last year, its bowl game to Wisconsin. We have Texas in the first month, and Stanford is early in week two. It will require us to take the lessons of last year and apply them to this season, so we are better at the start and give ourselves a stronger chance to play for a Pac-12 Championship.

Swann on the men's basketball showdown between USC and UCLA at the Galen Center...

The Bruins are greatly improved from last season. Last year, USC had a terrific year, beating UCLA three times. We are certainly going into this game feeling like we can beat them again. Every team needs to go into every game with that kind of confidence. We played a strong game but came away with a loss against Arizona last week. We showed our mettle by coming back from down quite a bit. We followed it up with a good win over Arizona State and are geared up and focused to make a good run at UCLA. I'll be there. Our president, Max Nikias, will be there. Our head football coach will be there. This basketball team will have the support of the entire student body, so we are looking forward to it.

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Swann on the NCAA relaxing time demands on student-athletes...

It has always been the case for student-athletes that academics, practice and competition demand all of their time, so they cannot do anything else. Certainly, athletes understand that they miss out on a number of things. It was not until I retired from football that I ever went to a tailgate party, and they go on all the time. (laughing) But, we take this very seriously. We want our student-athletes to do well in school and compete well in the athletic arena, but we want them to have a great college experience also. So, these changes in terms of time demand and structure, giving them some time off, making sure that they are not over-coached and over-trained and pushed over their limits, we want to make sure that we comply. We also want to give them time to recover, so they can continue to compete well in and out of the classroom.

USC_Football_Rose_Bowl_2017_PSU_McGillen_5095.jpgSwann on his role in recruiting student-athletes to USC...

My role in recruiting is whatever the coaches want or need me to do. I speak with student-athletes in every sport. I talk to the student-athletes and their parents, and I tell them the same thing. First, I want all the student-athletes to graduate, so we put them on a track to get their degree because that is the real golden ticket. Very few athletes get the chance to play professionally. If they do, the degree will augment what they do down the road, but they will never have to go back to move forward. Number two, we want them to come here and win. We recruit them because we think they are the best student-athletes available to compete at this level. We expect them to come here and work hard to be winners. Third, we want them to have a great all-around college experience. And finally, you have to want to come to USC. It has to be your choice. If it is not the student's choice, it is too tough for them to be living someone else's dream. That's what I tell the student-athletes. That's what I tell the parents. The story does not change. My door is always open to both because your kids being in college does not mean you stop parenting.

Swann on the beginning of spring sports season...

We are off to a winning start with a lot of top ranked teams. Women's water polo, the defending national champions, is at the top of that list. Swimming and diving is doing extraordinarily well, and I hope to attend the women's NCAA competition. Track and field kicked off its indoor season impressively with Kendall Ellis running a school-record time in the 400m indoors. Men's and women's tennis picked up early season victories last week. I am looking forward to getting out to all of these sports. I will participate and give them my support. It is important that they know that they have the full support of the athletic director every step of the way.

2017 USC Football Schedule

Schedule-2017.jpgUSC football will earn its Thanksgiving feast this year. The Trojans will play 12 consecutive weeks without a bye this season for the first time since 1995 as part of the 2017 schedule which features seven home games (all on Saturdays).

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USC has once again challenged itself with one of the most daunting schedules in the nation, including marquee non-conference matchups against Texas (September 9 at the Coliseum) and Notre Dame (October 21 in South Bend). The Trojans will host Western Michigan, the nation's top Group of Five team last year, on September 2 to kick off the new season.

Riding a nine-game winning streak, the second longest in the nation, the reigning Rose Bowl champions will be tested early and often in conference play. Stanford comes to the Coliseum in Week 2 (September 9) as part of a three-game home stand that will energize the Coliseum from day one.

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USC will then play four of its next six on the road, including a Friday night game at Washington State, the lone weekday game on the schedule this season. The Trojans will visit the Cougs and host Oregon State in 2017 after missing both schools in 2015 and 2016. USC will not play Washington or Oregon this year unless the teams battle in the Pac-12 Championship Game on December 1 or 2.

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The Trojans will close the regular season by visiting Colorado, the defending Pac-12 South champions, and hosting UCLA at the Coliseum on Saturday, November 18. USC will be off for Thanksgiving weekend, hopefully preparing for the Pac-12 Championship Game the following week.

Have You Herd of Zach Banner?

Today, USC All-American OT Zach Banner stopped by "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd on FS1. A former FOX intern, Banner finally got a chance to sit on the couch and chat with Cowherd and Kristine Leahy about winning the Rose Bowl, preparing for the 2017 NFL Draft and more.

Rose Bowl Poster

The Trojan Family can savor the memories of the magical Rose Bowl Game victory over Penn State by purchasing a commemorative poster.

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The limited edition championship poster captures images from the biggest moments of the game including Deontay Burnett's game-tying touchdown, Leon McQuay's interception and Matt Boermeester's winning kick.


Trophy Tour

On Jan. 2, USC football brought home the coveted Leishman Trophy by beating Penn State, 52-49, in the 2017 Rose Bowl Game.

Starting today, Trojan fans have the opportunity to snap a photo with the trophy when it goes on tour. Fans can find the trophy at the USC Bookstore on the University Park Campus today (Jan. 12), from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tomorrow (Jan. 13), the Leishman Trophy makes its way to the USC Bookstore at the Health Sciences Campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday (Jan. 14), the trophy will be presented at Trojan Town South Coast Plaza from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On Tuesday (Jan. 17) fans can catch the trophy at the Nike Store at The Grove from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pick up some Rose Bowl champs gear in stores or online!

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Career After Next

USC All-American RT Zach Banner will leave college prepared to succeed in two different professions, football and broadcasting. While the NFL Draft and a professional football career will come first, the gregarious senior has the natural talent and work ethic to excel behind the microphone whenever his playing days are done.

Banner has been named the recipient of the 2017 Tom Harmon/Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 grant presented by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters to a local-area college student who has an interest in pursuing a degree in broadcasting or a related field with the ultimate goal of a professional career in radio, television or online broadcasting.

He will receive the scholarship at the SCSB's annual awards luncheon on Jan. 30 in Toluca Lake, Calif.

Banner, a 3-year starter at right tackle, was an All-American first team pick on USC's Rose Bowl champion squad in 2016 and was a 2-time All-Pac-12 first teamer. He was among 10 finalists nationally for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, given to the nation's top senior who excels in community/classroom/character/competition. He also won USC's Community Service Award this season, devoting more than 350 hours to community outreach efforts in his career. He received his bachelor's degree from USC in communication and is now working on a second bachelor's in sociology. He has interned with FOX Sports and USC Sports Properties.

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Class of 2017: OL Andrew Vorhees

When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

After losing two senior All-American tackles in Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler, USC has a need for depth on the offensive line. Kingsburg, CA product Andrew Vorhees will provide just that. The 6-foot-6 lineman played on both sides of the ball and earned the 2016 All-Central Sequoia League Lineman of the Year award as a senior.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions.

Class of 2017: LS Damon Johnson

When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

If Damon Johnson does his job well, you may never learn his name. That's the goal of any long snapper. The Trojans need to replace senior long snapper Zach Smith, who was rock solid throughout his USC career, and Johnson fits the bill as a five-star prospect at his position, ranked by Rubio Long Snapping. Johnson did not play football last season while he attended Citrus Junior College. As a long snapper at Glendora (CA) High, he had 6 tackles as a 2015 senior, 2 tackles as a 2014 junior and 1 tackle as a 2013 sophomore.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions.

Class of 2017: QB Jack Sears

When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

USC football has had some recent luck with a quarterback out of San Clemente High, and the Trojans get another with the addition of pro-style passer Jack Sears. As a senior, he was named a 2016 Orange County Register All-Orange County first teamer and the All-South Coast League Offensive Player of the Year. Sears, who led the Tritons to the 2016 CIF State 1-A championship and CIF Southern Section Division 2 title, has been praised for his high football IQ, dedication to the film room and accuracy on downfield passes. In 2016, he completed 223-of-338 passes (66.0 pct) for 2,602 yards with 37 TD and just 6 INT. He ran for 1,135 yards on 171 carries (6.6 avg) with 9 TD and also hauled in an INT on defense.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions.

Class of 2017: LB Tayler Katoa

When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

Tayler Katoa did everything for his high school team in Utah but drive the bus. As a senior, he played linebacker, defensive end and quarterback, making 36 tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery for a TD on defense. He also ran for 784 yards on 117 carries (6.7 avg) with 14 TD and threw for 299 yards with 3 TD as a QB. At USC, he is expected to become a linebacker, joining a lineage that is second to none among college football programs. Katoa knows something about lineage as he comes from an extremely athletic family. His father, Fotu, was a tight end at BYU (1985, 1988-90), his mother, Elizabeth, was a distance runner at BYU in 1990, and his sister, Eliza, is a senior outside hitter on Utah's volleyball team.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions.

2017 Season Tickets ON SALE NOW

USC football started 2017 with a Rose Bowl victory that has the Trojan Family wishing next season started tomorrow. While you will have to wait a few months for kickoff, you can secure your season tickets right now.

Click here to purchase new season tickets for 2017!

The official schedule has not been released yet by the Pac-12, but USC's 2017 home slate is as good as any in the country. The Trojans will host seven games in the Coliseum, including Texas, Stanford and UCLA. USC will also welcome Western Michigan, Utah, Arizona and Oregon State.

New season tickets start at just $320 for all seven home games. Click here to purchase or call (213) 740-GOSC (4672).

Current season ticket holders can renew their tickets by going to USCTrojans.com/tickets and clicking on "Manage My Account" under football.

USC is riding a nine-game winning streak heading into the 2017 season after going 10-3 and finishing ranked No. 3 nationally in 2016, capped by the thrilling 52-49 last-second victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. The 2017 Trojans will be the 125th team in USC history.


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