Monday, January 27, 2014
Early Offer: Trojans get their QB
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Steve Sarkisian and USC landed a major building block for their future this past weekend when a blue-chip 2015 quarterback committed; a longtime Texas commit flipped to rival Texas A&M on Sunday; and a five-star cornerback said he will narrow his list to four schools early this week.
Trojans score big for 2015 USC’s future looks awfully bright after this past weekend’s recruiting returns. The Trojans played host to some of the West’s top 2014 players, but it was the commitment of quarterback Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), the No. 2-rated pocket passer -- and No. 22 overall prospect -- in the ESPN Junior 300, that has USC fans most excited. "When I had the chance to get on the USC campus last week and spend time with Coach Sarkisian and his staff, I knew after those meetings that USC is where I want to be,” Town told ESPN’s Blair Angulo. Town had been previously committed to Alabama, but with Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier leaving for Michigan, it opened the door for him to look around even more. Town is a huge recruiting victory for the Trojans and sends a signal that USC is going to be a recruiting force under Sarkisian.
This round to Sumlin New Texas coach Charlie Strong and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin have already faced off on the recruiting trail with both tasting victory. Two weeks ago, Strong landed a big win over Sumlin when ESPN 300 linebacker Edwin Freeman selected the Horns over the Aggies. Sunday was Sumlin’s turn. ESPN 300 linebacker Otaro Alaka (Houston/Cypress Falls) flipped his commitment from Texas to A&M. The longtime Texas commit made his final decision and became the 22nd commitment of the Aggies’ No. 2-ranked recruiting class after a weekend of careful consideration. Alaka’s commitment continues a huge defensive overhaul for A&M. The No. 187-ranked recruit in the ESPN 300, Alaka will play outside linebacker for the Aggies and has been told he can contribute immediately.
All eyes on Adoree' With signing day nine days away, Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) is the lone player in the national top 10 to not make up his mind. Jackson said this weekend he plans to narrow his list of six favorites to a final four sometime early this week. USC, UCLA, Florida, Tennessee, LSU and Oklahoma are the six. Jackson is still considering USC, UCLA or Florida for his final official visit next weekend -- that's if he even takes one -- and he won't know until probably Thursday whether he will go on a trip. RecruitingNation’s projection on Jackson has gone back and forth a number of times, but USC is the school trending over the last few days.