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No new head coach finished stronger than Steve Sarkisian, who was generally viewed as an underwhelming hire by USC in December.
That perception has changed now, as he signed the No. 11 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings.
He took 4-star receiver Rahshead Johnson, 4-star cornerback Jonathan Lockett, 3-star quarterback Jalen Greene and 3-star defensive end/outside linebacker Don Hill from Washington's class.
He also added 4-star JUCO defensive lineman Claudeson Pelon, 4-star offensive lineman Chris Brown and 4-star tight end Bryce Dixon to the Trojans' class. Plus, he flipped 3-star defensive back John Plattenburg Jr. from rival UCLA.
Then, on national signing day, Sarkisian (thanks to receivers coach Tee Martin and offensive coordinator Clay Helton) signed 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson, 5-star athlete John Smith, 4-star guard Damien Mama and underrated 3-star cornerback Lamont Simmons.
Per USC athletics' official website, Sarkisian said at his national signing day press conference on Feb. 5: "First of all, I am really proud of our coaches who handled the coaching transition so well during the recruiting process and were able to put together such an outstanding class. To finish the way we did today was tremendous."
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.