Feb. 5, 3:44 PM PST
Steve Sarkisian held a press conference to discuss his new signing class. Adoree Jackson still has not faxed in his LOI, so he was not able to speak on that matter.
But take a look here to see everything Sarkisian had to say about the 2014 Trojan recruiting class
Feb. 5, 2:45 PM PST
Just under an hour until Steve Sarkisian holds his press conference here at the McKay Center. Juju Smith's paperwork has been faxed over, the only commit left is Adoree Jackson. So looks like we're back on Adoree Watch until it's finalized. Hopefully before Sarkisian takes to the podium.
Feb. 5, 2:00 PM PST
Steve Sarkisian will hold a press conference at 3:30 PM to discuss the Trojans' signing class. Hopefully the faxes will be in for Adoree Jackson and Juju Smith and the coaches will be able to talk about them as well. Stay tuned for updates.
Feb. 5, 1:20 PM PST
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian took over for Keith Heyward saying it was a "group effort" to land the Trojans' 2014 signing class and a "fantastic finish."
Here are a few key points that Sarkisian made:
-Specifically, this class was focused on filling needs--the offensive line and tight end (Sarkisian's schemes prefer two tight ends, so Dixon was a big get). After they filled their needs, they looked for "guys who played DB and receiver and even both."
-Recruiting is just "one piece of the puzzle" for Sarkisian. He says he is really looking forward to the development phase now. And the secret to his recruiting? Sarkisian says it's all about having “real relationship and candid conversations” with the recruits.
-Sarkisian touched on re-recruiting players like Hayes Pullard and Josh Shaw saying it was crucial to keep both. “I don’t know if there are two better kids in this program right now," Sarkisian said about the two returning Trojans.
-The Trojans did get out of state players, like John Plattenberg, but Sarkisian said “we’re going to be extremely selective if we choose guys out of state, afterall we are the University of Southern California."
-Sarkisian did give a big thanks to Tee Martin, the receivers coach and one of the few returning coaches from Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron's staff, for his recruiting work.
-In terms of rebuilding the offensive line group, Sarkisian said "I'd be surprised if any other school had a better offensive line class."
-Finally, Sarkisian says he is "open to the idea" of players playing both sides of the ball. And that "there are three maybe four guys who could do that for us."
Feb. 5, 1:05 PM PST
Shortly after Juju Smith announced he would sign with the Trojans, the USC Athletic Department started their live spreecast. Because the Trojans have not gotten the official fax yet from Adoree Jackson or Juju Smith, the coaches can not talk about those players yet.
USC defensive backs coach Keith Heyward started things off, here's a few of his key points:
-In terms of recruiting players they had already encountered in Washington, Heywar said there were a few guys they were recruiting “at the school up North” that would make a perfect fit for them here, so it was “just a matter of changing the shirt."
-In terms of the players they have letters from as of now, Heyward said with Simmons, Lockett, Plattenberg in the backfield it's a great group of guys and they will all bring different things to the field.
-There was also reference to the Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" and bringing that force to USC. Heyward continued the analogy saying that if USC were to have a Richard Sherman, it would be Lockett, or as Heyward calls him, "Mr. Smooth."
Feb. 5, 1:00 PM PST
USC and Sarkisian has a clean sweep as Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star Juju Smith commits to the Trojans.
The nation's No. 2 rated safety will stay local, as he made the announcement in front of his entire family this afternoon. It came down to the Oregon Ducks and the Trojans for Smith, but the Trojans held on.
Smith was the final Trojan prospect to announce, and had Damien Mama in the audience wearing his own USC hat as Smith picked the Trojans.
Feb. 5, 12:30 PM PST
There will be a live Spreecast from the John McKay Center were at USC at 1:00 PM with head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff. Stay tuned for more upates to see what the coaches have to say about their 2014 signing day class.
Feb. 5, 11:00 AM PST
In the most anticipated announcement of the day, Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star Adoree Jackson has decided on USC.
Jackon was deciding between USC, UCLA, Florida and LSU and after making the entire nation guess, settled on the Trojans in his high school gymnasium.
The No. 3 cornerback in the country, Jackson is expected to play receiver at USC, but could easily play on either--or both--sides of the ball. His commitment marks the second five-star to sign for USC today, as all eyes turn now to Juju Smith.
Feb. 5, 10:10 AM PST
Not a USC commitment here, but important to note that San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills linebacker Fred Warner has signed with BYU. Warner was also heavily considering the Trojans. Warner was also recruited by Washington, and seemed torn about his decision.
This means there are still two open spots left for the Trojans, with Adoree Jackson and Juju Smith still planning to announce later today.
Feb. 5, 9:10 AM PST
Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao is going to USC in the fall.
Talamaivao flipped from Alabama to USC after the Trojans upset No. 5 Stanford in the Coliseum. He was one of the top 2014 commits to flip for the Trojans and after faxing in his National Letter of Intent, it's official for Talamaivao.
Feb. 5, 8:35 AM PST
Just minutes after Johnson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola offensive tackle Chris Brown faxed his National Letter of Intent to USC.
Brown was seriously considering a lot of Pac-12 schools, including crosstown rival UCLA, but instead gave a verbal commitment to Sarkisian right after he took over the Trojans. And on Wednesday, Brown made it official and will prep to play interior lineman this fall.
Feb. 5, 8:30 AM PST
Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo receiver Rahshead Johnson has faxed in his National Letter of Intent to USC and is the latest Trojan to join their 2014 class.
The four-star recruit picked up an offer from Washington early in the fall, committing to Sarkisian up north. Then when he took over at USC, Johnson followed. Johnson is the No. 26 ranked receiver by Scout.
Feb. 5, 8:15 AM PST
USC and Steve Sarkisian got their first five-star recruit of the day with Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama.
Mama is the No. 2 rate offensive guard in the nation and chose the Trojans Wednesday morning. Mama told Scout after he announced that he will play with the Trojans for a year before leaving for his two-year Mormon Mission.
Feb. 5, 8:00 AM PST
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end Malik Dorton joins the list of newly signed Trojans. Dorton also joins former high school teammate Nico Falah at USC.
The three-star recruit took an official visit to Oklahoma, planned to visit Arizona State and Washington, and at one point it was believed he was leaning toward UCLA. But after meeting with Sarkisian's staff, namely Johnny Nansen, Dorton chose USC.
Feb. 5, 7:50 AM PST
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Bryce Dixon is the latest USC recruit to fax in his National Letter of Intent to the Trojans.
The four-star recruit was deciding between crosstown rivals USC and UCLA and ultimately settled on the Trojans. USC was in dire need of a tight end, as Xavier Grimble left early for the NFL. Sarkisian's schemes usually involve two tight ends, so Dixon will be added to the mix with Randall Telfer and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick.
Feb. 5, 7:30 AM PST
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei cornerback Jonathan Lockett is the fourth player to send in his LOI for the Trojans.
Lockett committed to new USC head coach Steve Sarkisian when he was at Washington, as he was not offered by the Trojans under Ed Orgeron. The four-star is the No. 19 rated cornerback, and the top-rated CB for the Trojans 2014 class
At the same time as Lockett, Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Olajuwon Tucker also faxed his National Letter of Intent to USC.
Tucker also took an official visit to Washington State before settling on the Trojans. Tucker is the No. 20 ranked outside linebacker by Scout, and will hopefully fill the holes created by the departure of Devon Kennard and Morgan Breslin.
Feb. 5, 7:20 AM PST
Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker Uchenna Nwosu is now the third player to send in his LOI to USC.
Nwosu committed late in the fall to interim coach Ed Orgeron, but did not change when new head coach Steve Sarkisian took over. Nwosu is a three-star outside linebacker and ranked No. 96 nationally by Scout.
New linebacker coach Peter Sirmon broke the news on Twitter this morning, welcoming Nwosu into the Trojan family.
Feb. 5, 7:00 AM PST
The second National Letter of Intent has been faxed to the Trojans and it's another cornerback.
Houston (Texas) Lamar cornerback John Plattenberg will make his return to Southern California in the fall after playing two years of high school football at Corona (Calif.) Centennial high school. The four-star cornerback will not be the only Trojan in his family, as his mother also attended USC.
There were four open spots for the Trojans going into National Signing Day. Now the first of those is filled, with potential signees like Adoree Jackson, Juju Smith and Damien Mama still uncommitted.
Feb. 5, 6:00 AM PST
National Siging Day 2014 has officially arrived, and it concludes the Trojans' sanctions, as they will have full classes of 25 moving forward.
USC already landed their first recruit of the day with Lamont Simmons, another product of the Florida-California pipeline.
Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines cornerback Simmons has faxed his National Letter of Intent in to USC. Simmons is a three-star cornerback ranked No. 43 nationally by Scout.
Simmons took his official visit to USC a few weeks ago, and also visited Arkansas, Auburn, Penn State, and Rutgers.
Feb. 4, less 24 hours to go
With less than 24 hours to go, USC has four of its 19 2014 scholarships still available. Five members of the 2014 class are already enrolled at USC, including JUCO transfer Claude Pelon, Toa Lobendahn, Don Hill, Jordan Austin, and Jalen Greene.
Although the remaining ten commitments seem solid, is possible that the Trojans will have to hold another program off in the final hours?
And what about those remaining four spots? Three of Southern California's top recruits are still on the board in five-stars Adoree Jackson, Juju Smith, and Damien Mama -- all of whom will announce throughout the day on Wednesday.
In the meantime, Scout's Greg Biggins has the latest scoop on what he's hearing about the decisions those three might make tomorrow. The five-star scoop is here.
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