Signing Day in 2014 began with USC getting it’s first commitment from cornerback Lamont Simmons and concluded with Juju Smith committing to the Trojans.
In between the two bookends, the Trojans got signed letters of intent from all other 12 verbal commits. Steve Sarkisian’s nationally ranked class finishes with two five-stars, nine four-stars and eight three-stars.
The moments of suspense revolved around announcements from Adoree’ Jackson, Damien Mama and Smith. According to Sarkisian, the coaches were unaware of who each prospect was set to announce for.
National Signing Day in 2014 was significantly less stressful than the de-commitment party that took place last year. Aside from the anxious moments that came with the elite three’s commitments, Jackson provided some worry when his letter of intent was delayed in its arrival to USC.
Also included in the Trojans’ 2014 class are three preferred walk-ons. Tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo tweeted a graphic on Thursday, which contained the 14 players who signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, the five early enrollees already on campus and the preferred walk-ons.
Defensive back Davonte Nunnery, the high school teammate of Bryce Dixon and 2015 verbal commit Ricky Town was expectedly named as part of the class. He is joined by Punahou (Hawaii) quarterback Larry Tuileta and Mater Dei (Calif.) linebacker Grant Moore.
By virtue of limited scholarships, the Trojans were unable to sign Jabriel Frazier, Charles Nelson and Fred Warner, who the coaching staff hosted on official visits in recent weeks.
In total, 22 players have joined the Trojans with kickoff to the 2014 season quickly approaching.