Steve Sarkisian is wasting no time in getting the USC Trojans back on top of the college football world by making a major splash on National Signing Day. With some high-profile prospects still up for grabs coming into the day, USC went all out and looked to keep the elite talent in their backyard close to home and didn’t miss a single one. Their ability to close out the 2014 recruiting cycle this strong was as impressive as anybody in the country and was a wake-up call to anyone sleeping on Sark and the Trojans.
It started this morning when USC inked Damien Mama, considered by many to be the top offensive guard prospect in the country this recruiting cycle. Then it got taken to the next level when the No. 7 overall prospect in the country, Adoree Jackson, chose the Trojans as his school of choice right around lunchtime. Finally, the Trojans’ class was capped off with the addition of the No. 3 rated athlete in the nation, Juju Smith, and USC officially won the day.
With Mama, Jackson, and Smith all in the fold, USC secured three of the top four prospects from the state of California, fighting off offers from all over the country for the premier talent on the West Coast. That included heavyweights from all of the power conferences who were looking to poach California’s top prospects to take their programs to another level. But the Trojans kept these recruits at home and, perhaps more importantly, away from the UCLA Bruins.
UCLA had been making strides to close the gap on USC both on the field (winning the last two meetings) and on the recruiting trail. But Sark put a swift end to that in this recruiting cycle, reminding recruits who grew up watching the Trojans’ in their prime of the early 2000s what they could do if they signed on to USC. That helped them snag the top talent in the state while the Bruins swung and missed on many of them, landing just one of the top 10 California prospects.
For USC to get back to where they want to be (atop the college football world and national champions), it starts with winning on the recruiting trail. Though he had just a short time to get it done, Steve Sarkisian has won in a major way this year on National Signing Day.