Four players with experience of making deep postseason runs at the high school and club levels have committed to play for USC.
USC announced during the weekend that high school seniors Ryan Moss, Tyler Resnick, Matt Douglas and Woody Cook all signed national letters of intent to join the Trojans beginning in the 2016 season.
“This class addresses needs we have at every position and will insure that we will have a deep team through the 2019 season,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said in a statement. “Moss is a big, strong hitter who hits a heavy ball. Resnick is a big, physical presence in the middle. Douglas is one of the most gifted players in the nation in this recruiting class. Cook is a great server who will give us good depth on the outside.”
Douglas, a 5-foot-10 libero from Los Angeles, played for the U.S. Boys Youth National Team that won the gold medal at the 2014 NORCECA championship and qualified for the upcoming Youth World Championship. Along playing in international tournaments, Douglas helped guide his club team to a bronze medal finish at the 2013 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Moss, a 6-foot-8 outside attacker from Corona del Mar, California, was named an All-Orange County honorable mention as a junior last season. In addition, the outside attacker this summer led his club team to a silver-medal finish at the Boys Junior National Championships and earned All-Tournament Team honors.
Resnick, a 6-foot-7 middle attacker from Newbury Park, California, won a bronze medal at the 2014 Boys Junior National Championship. He also is a member of his high school water polo team.
Cook, a 6-foot-2 outside attacker from Oak Park, California, was named his high school conference’s most valuable player last season and as a freshman helped the team reach to the state championship match. In addition, Cook is the son of Scott Cook who played for USC in 1986 when the Trojans went undefeated in conference play and advanced to the NCAA championship match.
USC finished last season qualifying for the eight-team MPSF Tournament and lost in the quarterfinals. The Trojans also return a majority starters for the upcoming season, including All-American setter Micah Christenson.