There was speculation even before Junipero Serra cornerback Adoree’ Jackson signed with USC that the five-star’s number as a Trojan could be a source of controversy. Today we learned once and for all that the electric athlete will not take Reggie Bush’s tainted No. 5 and instead will attempt carry on the recent tradition of great Trojan No. 2s.
#USC incoming freshman Adoree Jackson will wear No. 2, according to Coach Steve Sarkisian
— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) May 8, 2014
Jackson will arrive on campus in the summer and attempt to force his way into the starting picture at cornerback, though there will always be speculation about his potential on the other side of the ball at receiver.
As it stands, the number he will wear is a good omen on either offense or defense. In the past ten years, three Trojans with the No. 2 jersey have been named All-Americans. On offense, the number electrified on the backs of wide receivers Steve Smith and Robert Woods. On defense, safety Taylor Mays instilled fear in defenders as he patrolled the secondary.
No Trojan has worn the number since Woods departed for the NFL last year.
Number controversies have been a bit of a theme this spring. Steve Sarkisian recently announced that he had changed his mind about giving freshman offensive lineman the No. 55, which is usually reserved for outstanding Trojan linebackers.