Steve Sarkisian was looking to make a splash with his first recruiting class as head coach of the USC Trojans and jumpstart the Men of Troy’s return to their glory days of the early 2000s. If National Signing Day is any indication, Sark has accomplished that mission and made USC a destination for elite college football talent once again. It started earlier in the day with the signing of the No. 1 offensive guard Damien Mama but was taken over the top with the signing of five-star cornerback Adoree Jackson.
Jackson was rated as the No. 7 overall recruit in this cycle and top prospect that had yet to commit prior to National Signing Day. He was a prized target for elite programs across the country but ultimately chose USC over the LSU Tigers, Florida Gators and UCLA Bruins. Sarkisian has been putting in work since taking over the USC program this December and has seen that work pay off in a major way with the addition of Jackson in 2014.
For USC, this is a huge turnaround for the program who had seen it’s hold on college football in California slipping in recent years. They had lost some recruits to cross-town rival UCLA and haven’t beaten the Bruins on the field in back-to-back seasons and have watched from home as the Pac-12 Championship has yet to feature a Trojan team. Some were questioning if the “little brother” Bruins were becoming the superior football destination in Southern California.
But Sarkisian is quickly putting an end to that speculation, bringing the best talent to USC just as he did when he was leading the offense under Pete Carroll. Signing Jackson helps to re-establish the Trojans as THE program in California and the Pac-12 and the destination for the elite of the elite college football prospects moving forward. It’s the first step in returning USC to the dynasty they once were. Can Jackson finish the job and take the Trojans to the top in 2014?