USC football's 25 best three-star recruits of the modern era

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22. Andre Heidari

National: 979 | State: 95 | Position: 2

Like many kickers, despite being the second-most highly rated player at his position, Andre Heidari was a lowly three-star recruit.

John Baxter brought the Bakersfield-product to USC with the hopes of shoring up the Trojans’ place kicking for the next four years and that’s exactly what Heidari did.

Though there may be mixed feelings in the USC fanbase about Heidari’s performance, his four-year career was largely a success.

In fact, as a freshman he made the All-Pac-12 first team and several Freshman All-American teams as well as being named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.

Injuries seemed to hamper him for much of the rest of his career but he still earned an All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2012 despite his kicking percentage falling from 88 percent to 62.5 percent.

Most notably, in 2013 and 2014 he successfully kicked game-winning field goals against Stanford, the first of which ensured USC Football an upset victory over the No. 4-ranked Cardinal at the Coliseum in the final seconds.