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Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) looks to pass during the second quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Player: Cody Kessler
247Sports Overall Composite Ranking: 142
Position Ranking: 4
Heisman Odds: +1200

Kessler was part on a loaded 2011 class that featured the likes of Jadeveon Clowney, Marqise Lee and De’Anthony Thomas. He had a tremendous high school career that saw him make an impact early on. As a sophomore, he started on the varsity team for Centennial in Bakersfield, California and threw for 1,878 yards and 10 touchdowns. Relative to his touchdown throws, his seven interceptions were a little high,  however he would improve upon those numbers his junior campaign.

Although his touchdown numbers and interceptions measured out to be the same amount, he threw for more passing yards (2,169) than his previous campaign.

Seasoned for his senior year, he continued to put up tremendous numbers, throwing for 2,831 yards, 36 touchdowns and two interceptions. To say that, his last high school season opened eyes would be an understatement.

Out of high school, he was offered by 10 different teams, including several from his home state, such as California, UCLA, and USC. Signing to the Trojans on February 2, 2011 the senior has become one of the hottest quarterbacks in the nation. Throwing for 3,826 yards 39 touchdowns and five interceptions in the 2014 campaign, Kessler looks to build off that as USC aims to get to the top of the Pac-12 once again.

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