The carousel of head coaches that blew through Southern Cal in the fall, from Lane Kiffin to interim Ed Orgeron to new coach Steve Sarkisian, apparently did little to deter Adoree' Jackson.
The cornerback from Junipero Serra High in California, considered one of the nation's elite man-to-man coverage talents, chose the Trojans on Wednesday over UCLA and Florida in what was one of the few suspenseful decisions among elite prospects on national signing day.
"Growing up as a little kid, my favorite player was Reggie Bush," Jackson told ESPNU after a live broadcast of his announcement. "I just wanted to go out and live that dream to put SC back on top, back to the dominance of those days."
Jackson said he and the Trojans coaching staff have discussed the possibility of him playing both ways. That could make for an interesting tussle among Sarkisian's new staff as the Trojans decide how Jackson could best help the team.
Indications that Jackson would be signing with Southern Cal included his frequent unofficial visits to the school, although he made a round of late visits elsewhere that suggested he could sign with another school. Jackson is the only member of the Southern Cal signing class rated five stars by rivals.com.
Sarkisian's first class rates the 11th-best in the nation in 247sports.com's composite rankings, an impressive effort, given the coaching staff turmoil that the program endured since Kiffin was fired midseason.