USC football picked up a major commitment on Friday in four-star Red Mountain (Phoenix, AZ) 2023 WR Ja'Kobi Lane. Lane is not just the No. 8 player in the state of Arizona, and the No. 49 Wide Receiver in the country (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports). Lane was a player that was considered a sure-thing to commit to Oregon, but proved to be a very smart kid.
SEVEN 247Sports recruiting experts predicted Lane to go to the Ducks. Seven out of seven. Lane, however, wanted to go to a blue blood instead. He wanted to go to the clear and consensus Wide Receiver U.
He didn't want to go to a program that hired Dan Lanning as the head coach, but the one that hired Lincoln Riley as the head coach. He didn't want to go to a program that's never won even one single championship before, but the one who's done it 11 times (second-most ever).
Lane wants to play in what's known as the best offensive system in the country. The system run by Riley, which is a system that's so strong that NFL teams were interested in hiring Riley as their head coach even as early as when he was in his mid-30s. Lane wants to play in a real conference, which USC is headed to for his sophomore year and beyond with their Big Ten move.
Ja'Kobi Lane is the third wide receiver to commit to USC football for the 2023 class.
All three receivers in this 2023 USC football recruiting class, and not just Ja'Kobi Lane, have at least four stars to their name. Lane has four, Athlete Makai Lemon (who is expected to play Wide Receiver) has four, and Zachariah Branch has five. USC has the 13th-best class in America overall, a spot ahead of Oregon.
Lane is known for using his 6'4", 175 pound frame to tower over defensive backs and aid him quite a bit on jump balls. He even uses that length and ability on the jump to thrive at the goal line too. He's got good hands, and can see his stock rise if he can put some weight on and add that extra element of physicality to his toolbox.
SC now has 17 commits. All but one team ahead of them in the class recruiting rankings has more than that, and the one team (Miami) that doesn't, doesn't have any less. This was a much-needed commitment to provide support and help solidify the foundation of this class. Now, it'll be up to the team to win once Saturday comes around. The best recruiter is ALWAYS winning.