It look a few more hours than most expected, but five-star cornerback Adoree’ Jackson finally sent in his national letter of intent, officially becoming USC’s final 2014 signee.
Jackson committed to the Trojans in a signing ceremony broadcast live on ESPNU at 11:00 am. However, the Serra product had some sort of delay getting his signature to the John McKay Center.
Considered the top uncommitted recruit in the country going into signing day, Jackson is one of the talismans of USC’s recruiting class. He joined three-star cornerback Lamont Simmons, four-star offensive lineman Damien Mama and five-star safety John “Juju” Smith as Trojan signing day commits.
ESPN’s Mitch Sherman hinted at the rumored root of the drama surrounding Jackson’s NLI.
Adoree’ Jackson’s father, Christopher, says LOI to be faxed soon to USC. No indecision among family, he says.
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) February 6, 2014
Christopher Jackson says he supports decision: “Wherever he decided he wanted to go, that’s where he’s going. It has nothing to do with me.” — Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) February 6, 2014
Whether Jackson’s father held up the faxing of the paperwork, as was rumored, the delay created a bit of awkwardness during Steve Sarkisian’s signing day media appearances. Coaches can’t talk about commits until they have officially signed, so the Trojan head coach had to handle questions about Jackson with care to avoid committing a recruiting violation.
With Jackson now in the fold, check out where USC’s 2014 recruiting ended up in the national rankings.