Jan. 7, 2010

Courtesy of Richmond Athletics

The University of Richmond has announced that sophomore QB Aaron Corp has signed an athletics grant-in-aid and will transfer to Richmond from the University of Southern California. Corp has two years of eligibility remaining and begins classes on Monday.

"I'm very excited to get on campus and start class on Monday," said Corp.  "Richmond allowed me the opportunity to compete and play right away and I was very comfortable meeting with Coach Scott and his staff.  The University has a tremendous football program and is nationally-recognized for its academics, especially in my major of international studies."

Corp, along with head coach Latrell Scott, will be available for media interviews Monday at a time to be determined.

This is Scott's first signee since taking the Spiders' head coaching position on December 15.

"This is an exciting time at the University of Richmond and we are thrilled to welcome Aaron to the Spider Football Family," said Scott.  "He is a standout football player, an even better young man and we're expecting him to compete for playing time in the spring."

A native of Villa Park, Calif., Corp was slated to be the 2009 starter for Pete Carroll's Trojans before an injury sidelined him in the preseason and he lost his spot to freshman Matt Barkley.  He was the team's No. 3 signal-caller during the 2008 campaign, which included playing one series in USC's 52-7 win at Virginia in Charlottesville.

A highly-touted prep signal-caller, the 6-3, 200-pound Corp entered USC with a wealth of honors that included his mention as a Parade, Rivals 100, EA Sports, and Super Prep All-America.

As a senior at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High, he was 212-of-311 (.682) passing for 2,750 yards, 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.  He also ran for 1,197 yards on 142 carries (8.4 avg.) with 12 TDs that year.  Orange Lutheran went 14-1 and won the 2006 CIF Pac-5 Division and the California Division II championships.

In his three-year career as a starter, he amassed 8,668 yards of total offense and scored 76 TDs.

Richmond, which captured the 2009 CAA Football Championship, enters the off-season on the heels of an 11-2 campaign that ended with a last-second loss to Appalachian State in the NCAA Quarterfinals. In the last three seasons, the Spiders have won the National Championship (2008) and two CAA Football titles (2007, 2009).