Five-star cornerback Adoree’ Jackson pulled the USC hat out of the box after teasing fans with a gatorade bottle and a couple of rings, deciding to become a Trojan after an unpredictable recruiting saga.
As usual, the Twittersphere was on top of the announcement immediately, as media, fans, players and coaches reacted in force.
ESPN and WeAreSC.com’s Blair Angulo quoted Jackson’s reasoning behind the commitment:
Adoree’ Jackson: “The connection I had. Growing up as a little kid, my favorite player was Reggie Bush. I just wanted to live the dream…”
— Blair Angulo (@bangulo) February 5, 2014
Fox Sports’ Lindsey Thiry had the money shot of Jackson in the USC hat and some information on Jackson’s late decision:
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) February 5, 2014
ESPN LA’s Arash Markazi praised Steve Sarkisian’s recruiting efforts:
Say what you want about Steve Sarkisian but he has turned around USC’s recruiting class since he got hired.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 5, 2014
The Pac-12 Blog also noted Sarkisian’s strides as the Trojan head coach this recruiting season.
Got to keep the California guys in the Pac-12, and USC fans probably are liking Sarkisian a lot more now.
— ESPN Pac-12 (@ESPN_Pac12blog) February 5, 2014
Justin Hopkins of 247Sports noted USC’s projected rise in recruiting rankings with this new commit:
— Justin Hopkins (@JHopkins247) February 5, 2014
Scout’s Greg Biggins gave Tee Martin a lot of the credit for bagging Jackson:
— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) February 5, 2014
Josh Webb of USCfootball.com took a moment to stick the knife in Westwood:
Oh, I almost forgot: UCLA misses on Adoree’ Jackson
— Josh Webb (Twist) (@FightOnTwist) February 5, 2014
USC signee Malik Dorton was pumped up about his new teammate:
I’m so fired up , I’m ready to put on that cardinal & gold !
— Malik Dorton (@theeEliteMalik) February 5, 2014
Finally, Gerard Martinez offered a sobering thought (with plenty of tongue in cheek):
Now #USC waits for Adoree Jackson’s LOI to get faxed in. Haha…
— Gerard Martinez (@gmartlive) February 5, 2014