Five-star safety John ‘Juju’ Smith out of Long Beach Poly (Calif.) announced on ESPNU that he has committed to the USC Trojans, selecting them over Notre Dame and Oregon.
The commitment puts the final bow on Steve Sarkisian’s 2014 class, which had him going three-for-three in securing local elite talents Adoree’ Jackson, Damien Mama and Smith.
Smith had long been considered a Trojan lean, but the Ducks made a late push and had the athlete considering an 11th hour visit to Eugene a la De’Anthony Thomas. Had Smith taken the visit, it would have been on his own accord, being that he’d taken the allotted five official visits.
The Ducks’ efforts however fell short and they were unable to uproot another nationally ranked prospect out of Southern California. Smith visited the USC campus with several other recruits during the Jan. 24 weekend and by all accounts enjoyed himself.
Give the Trojans’ depth at wide receiver, it is believed Smith will get a long look to begin his collegiate career on offense.
Smith’s commitment could also pay dividends down the line if the Trojans are able to re-establish a pipeline to the once-dominant high school.
Rivals ranks Smith as the No. 24 player overall, No. 2 safety and No. player in California in the 2014 class.