You may have a harder time finding a better defensive secondary in the class of 2014 than the one USC is putting together. Already having signed defensive back Adoree’ Jackson and a handful of others, the Trojans added one more with safety John Smith.
“Juju” Smith is the second-ranked safety in the nation and the third overall prospect in the state of California according to Rivals.com. Together with Jackson the Trojans will have one of the top secondaries in the country within the next couple of years. If needed, Smith can also fill in on offense at wide receiver if needed, although he will be an asset on defense.
Smith chose USC over Notre Dame, Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and many others. He had visited USC twice in January and another time in December so the Trojans had become a clear favorite for his commitment. He is the 10th commitment with a four-star ranking or higher from the state of California according to Rivals in USC’s Class of 2014.
USC had the No. 16 recruiting class according to Rivals before Smith’s commitment. The Trojans should finish up with one of the top recruiting classes in the Pac 12 by the end of the day. As it stands right now, USC is ranked second in the Pac 12 behind only Stanford and UCLA is right behind their cross town rivals. With USC closing the way they are right now, it looks like the recruiting battles in Los Angeles are going to be very heated for years to come between Steve Sarkisian and Jim Mora.