Steve Sarkisian needed to start his era as head coach of the USC Trojans with a sensational class. After the haul that the first-year coach brought in with the short window of time he was given, it appears he shouldn't have any problem bringing in top recruiting classes every season.
Updates From Thursday, Feb. 6
According to USC's official Twitter feed, Jackson has sent in his Letter of Intent:
At the top of that class is a young man by the name of Adoree' Jackson, the top cornerback and No. 7 player in the country, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. Though Jackson announced his commitment during national signing day in front of the entire country, the Gardena, Calif., native hasn't made it official with USC.
According to Lindsey Thiry of Fox Sports, the corner had yet to send over his Letter of Intent as of 6:32 p.m. ET Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register also confirmed the news at 6:48 p.m. ET along with a quote from Sarkisian.
Mitch Sherman tweeted shortly after that Jackson's father had said the letter would be sent shortly:
Adoree’ Jackson’s father, Christopher, says LOI to be faxed soon to USC. No indecision among family, he says.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) February 6, 2014
Christopher Jackson says he supports decision: “Wherever he decided he wanted to go, that’s where he’s going. It has nothing to do with me.”— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) February 6, 2014
Both Jackson's speed and ability to change direction as a cornerback made him a coveted player across the country, which made it that much more troubling for Sarkisian and his coaching staff that the LOI hadn't been sent over.
Regardless of the situation, this isn't the first time that a letter of intent hasn't exactly arrived on time. Just last year, in fact, Alex Collins announced that he would be attending Arkansas on national signing day and would be attending the University the upcoming season.
Should USC fans be worried about Jackson not sending his LOI?
Complicating matters, his mother had other intentions for her son. After finding out that her son would would be leaving Plantation, Fla., she stole his letter of intent.
The good news here for USC fans is that the last time a similar situation occurred like this, the player eventually ended up signing and attending the institution he committed to. Collins is now a Razorback, despite his mother's best efforts.
Luckily, it appears that was the case for Jackson as well, who will be donning a Trojans uniform in the fall. That sound you hear is a sigh of relief from Sarkisian and the entire Trojan nation.
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