USC outside linebacker Scott Starr has legally changed his last name from his mother’s to his father’s. His name is now Scott Felix.
And if you want to know who all the new walks-on are, they are listed after the jump:
No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthday Cl.(Ath/Ac) Exp. Hometown(HighSchool/JC/College)
14 Larry Tuileta QB 6-2 200 9/24/95 Fr./Fr. – Honolulu, HI (Punahou)
24 Stefan Smith TB 6-1 195 1/11/97 Fr./Fr. – San Marino (Flintridge Prep)
26 Davonte Nunnery S 5-11 210 10/12/95 Fr./Fr. – Oxnard (St. Bonaventure)
36 Joe Harding S 5-10 180 5/26/95 Fr./Fr. – San Marino (Loyola)
38 Jalen Jones CB 5-8 155 2/10/96 Fr./Fr. – Los Angeles (Serra)
46 Wyatt Schmidt PK-P 6-3 205 12/25/94 Fr./Fr. – Inver Grove Heights, MN (St. Thomas Academy)
49 Matt Miller ILB 6-1 225 4/3/96 Fr./Fr. – Southlake, TX (Carroll)
50 Grant Moore ILB 6-1 220 2/8/96 Fr./Fr. – Santa Ana (Mater Dei)
53 Alex Moore ILB 6-2 220 3/12/96 Fr./Fr. – Newport Beach (Corona del Mar)
54 Reuben Peters ILB 6-1 220 10/25/96 Fr./Fr. – Westchester (Loyola)
64 Richie Wenzel C 6-2 280 2/10/95 Fr./Fr. – Chevy Chase, MD (Our Lady of Good Counsel)
67 Quinn Bassler OT 6-6 280 5/22/96 Fr./Fr. – Newport Beach (Corona del Mar)
Tuileta was a 3-time All-State first team performer in two sports at Punahou School in Honolulu (Hi.), as an outside hitter in volleyball and a quarterback in football. He will play both sports at USC. In football, he quarterbacked Punahou to an 11-0 record and the 2013 state championship as a senior while completing 155-of-263 passes (58.9%) for 2,647 yards with 28 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. In 2013, he was the Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and he was named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser State Offensive Player of the Year. As a junior in 2012, hit 156-of-246 passes (63.4%) for 2,588 yards with 28 TDs and only 1 interception. In volleyball, as a 2014 senior he was named the 2014 Volleyball Magazine National Boys’ Volleyball High School Player of the Year as he led Punahou to its third straight state championship and the Interscholastic League of Honolulu title, earning Volleyball Magazine Fab 50, All-State and All-ILH Player of the Year notice. He earned All-American and All-ILH honors as a 2013 junior on Punahou’s state champs. As a sophomore in 2012, he was the ILH Player of the Year and he helped Punahou to the state crown. He also starred for many years at the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships while playing for the Ka Ulukoa club team. He led his team to the Club Gold Division titles in 2008 (12s) and 2009 (13s) and the Open Gold Division titles in 2010 (14s), 2011 (15s), 2012 (16s) and 2013 (17s), winning All-Tournament MVP honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was a member of the 2012 USA Volleyball Boys Youth National Training Team. He also won the 2010 USA Volleyball SoCal Open Boys U14 Beach tourney. He also has been involved in numerous charitable activities, including volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, area food banks and homeless shelters and serving as a youth volleyball coach.
Smith ran for 1,334 yards on 175 carries (7.6 avg) with 15 touchdowns (averaging 148.2 yards per game), caught 17 passes for 242 yards (14.2 avg) with 2 TDs and returned 7 kickoffs for 151 yards (21.6 avg) in 2013 as a senior running back at Flintridge Prep in La Canada Flintridge (Calif.). He made the Pasadena Star News All-Area first team in 2012 (defensive back) and 2013 (running back). As a 2012 junior, he made All-Area and All-Prep League first team as he had 1,480 yards on 148 carries (10.0 avg) with 23 TDs, plus 18 receptions for 253 yards (14.1 avg) with 3 TDs on offense, 6 interceptions and a blocked field goal on defense, and 5 kickoff returns for 72 yards (14.4 avg). He made All-Prep League second team as a 2011 sophomore. He also was on the basketball and track teams at Flintridge Prep. He previously lived in Denver, Kansas City and Chicago.
Nunnery played defensive back and wide receiver at St. Bonaventure High in Ventura (Calif.), where he also was on the track (sprints, long jump) and basketball teams. He spent his 2011 sophomore season at Rio Mesa High in Oxnard (Calif.), where he made 58 tackles, 3 deflections and a forced fumble on defense and had 18 catches for 198 yards (11.0 avg) with 4 TDs and rushed for 91 yards on 12 carries (7.6 avg) with 1 TD on offense. Current Trojans Giovanni Di Poalo and Bryce Dixon also prepped at St. Bonaventure.
Harding earned 2013 All-Serra League second team honors as a senior defensive back at Loyola High in Los Angeles (Calif.). He made 13 tackles with 2 interceptions in 2013 after getting 34 tackles, 1 interception, 3 deflections and 1 fumble recovery as a 2012 junior. Current Trojans Chris Brown and Reuben Peters also prepped at Loyola.
Jones made 2013 All-Mission League second team as a senior defensive back at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.) as he had 33 tackles, 2 interceptions and 5 deflections. Serra went 13-1 in 2013 and won the CIF Western Division Championship. As a 2012 junior, he had 22 tackles, 1 interception and 9 deflections as Serra won the CIF Western Division crown and the CIF State Division II Bowl. He had 23 tackles, an interception and 5 deflections as a 2011 junior while making All-Mission League second team. He also played baseball at Serra. Current Trojans George Farmer, Jalen Greene, Adoree’ Jackson and Olajuwon Tucker also prepped at Serra.
After graduating from high school, Schmidt spent his 2013 season playing junior ice hockey in South Dakota. He earned 2012 All-State, All-Metro and All-Conference honors as a senior placekicker, punter, linebacker and tight end at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights (Minn.). He was 15-of-15 on field goals (with a long of 47 yards) and 39-of-39 on PATs as a senior. He hit 44-of-45 PATs and averaged 40.7 yards as a punter as a junior in 2011. He made 4-of-6 field goals and 49-of-50 PATs as a 2010 sophomore. He played on St. Thomas Academy’s state champion ice hockey team and was on the track team. His father, Paul, played tennis at Minnesota. His brother, Foley, was a 3-year (2009-11) All-Ivy League placekicker at Dartmouth.
Miller had 88 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception, 5 deflections and 1 forced fumble in 2013 as a senior linebacker at Carroll High in Southlake (Tex.). As a junior in 2012, he had 31 tackles. He also was on the track team at Carroll. His brother, Jeff, is a sophomore defensive end at USC who also prepped at Carroll.
Moore made the 2013 All-Trinity League second team at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (Calif.) as a senior linebacker while notching 56 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 3 forced fumbles. As a 2012 junior, he had 50 tackles, 9 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Current Trojans Victor Blackwell and Jonathan Lockett also prepped at Mater Dei. His father, Rex, was a 4-year (1984-87) letterman linebacker at USC, leading the Trojans in tackles while earning team Most Inspirational Player accolades.
Moore missed the last 11 games of his 2013 senior season as a linebacker at Corona del Mar High in Newport Beach after tearing right knee ligaments. He had 38 tackles and 2 sacks on the 2013 Corona del Mar team went 16-0, won its third straight CIF Southern Division title and captured the CIF State Division III Bowl. As a 2012 junior, he made All-CIF Southern Division first team, Orange Coast Daily Pilot Player of the Year and All-Pacific Coast League Defensive MVP as he had 143 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 deflection, 1 fumble recovery and 2 forced fumbles. He made 17 tackles, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble as a 2011 sophomore. Current Trojan Quinn Bassler also prepped at Corona del Mar.
Peters was a 2013 All-Serra League first team pick at Loyola High in Los Angeles (Calif.) as a senior linebacker while getting 32 tackles and a deflection. As a 2012 junior, he had 47 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked kick on defense, plus he ran for 50 yards on 10 carries (10.0 avg) on offense. Current Trojans Chris Brown and Joe Harding also prepped at Loyola.
Wenzel made the 2013 All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference third team at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney (Md.) as a senior offensive lineman. He was All-WCAC second team as a 2012 junior.
Bassler played offensive tackle at Corona del Mar High in Newport Beach. As a 2013 senior, he helped Corona del Mar go 16-0, win its third straight CIF Southern Division title and capture the CIF State Division III Bowl. He also was on the basketball and track teams at Corona del Mar. Current Trojan Alex Moore also prepped at Corona del Mar.