Raymond Scott, Harbor City, CA
Welcome to the #TrojanFamily, @RayScott22_! The local LB will enroll at SC in the spring! #F18HTON pic.twitter.com/w6nFRSnk94— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) December 20, 2017
Four-star Scott signed with the Trojans Wednesday morning on the first day of the early signing period.
Scott adds to USC’s defensive haul in the class of 2018 and will be a welcomed early enrollee.
Ranked No. 138 nationally and No. 8 for his position, Scott is a U.S. Army All-American that had been committed to the Trojans since April, with offers also from Oklahoma, Michigan, and Oregon.
During his senior season, Scott recorded 98 tackles with an average of 8.2 tackles per game and was a member of the CIF Division 1-A State Champion Narbonne team.
With tackling being an issue for the Trojans this year, Scott brings experience in the “wrapping up” department.
USC adds a ferocious player in Scott who can compete to fill senior Uchenna Nwosu’s starting spot.
Kana’i Mauga, Waianae, HI
Welcome to the #TrojanFamily, @kanai_mauga! The No. 1 LB in Hawai’i is headed to SC! #F18HTON pic.twitter.com/DBb3MYZeDq— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) December 20, 2017
Four-star Mauga is the second early enrollee linebacker in USC’s 2018 class.
Ranked the No. 1 player in the state of Hawaii, Mauga’s speed as well as his competitive drive is what makes him stand out. Committed to the Trojans since June, Mauga also had offers from Washington, Boise State, Vanderbilt, and Cal before choosing to play in cardinal and gold.
Per Hawaii Prep World, one of Mauga’s rival high school coaches explained how he is a competitor whose character shined on and off the field,
"He's always smiling and being positive. After the game, helping the managers with the bottles, picking up balls, picking up the trash at our JPS games as an underclassman. He’s a great kid, you take away all his football accolades and he’s still a great kid. If you had a son, you’d want him to be just like him."
Named KHON2’s Defensive Player of the Year, Mauga will have a chance to compete with his fellow Trojan linebackers for a starting position in 2018.