National Signing Day is only 24 hours away and with it will come twists, surprises and a few ho-hum commitments where the writing was on the wall weeks or months in advance.
For USC, the 2014 class embodies a bit of everything. The firing of Lane Kiffin, overpassing of Ed Orgeron, and hiring of Steve Sarkisian has taken the recruiting class and thrown it in the spin cycle, leaving the resilient set to become Trojans on Wednesday.
With 15 current commitments, the Trojans have four scholarships remaining. Three of which are earmarked for a trio that they, along with countless other universities, have been in hot pursuit of.
Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra), Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and John ‘Juju’ Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) have a large chunk of the recruiting world in the palm of their hands.
Come Wednesday afternoon, the Trojans hope to get the signatures from the three prep players and avoid any undesired surprises — not that all surprises would be negative.
In years past, the Trojans have often had success with a relatively unexpected commitment on signing day. See Nelson Agholor and Leonard Williams as the most recent examples.
However, the unpredictability associated with recruiting, the Trojans have also endured their share of misses and disappointments.
Continue reading for a ranking of those misses.