Five-star cornerback Adoree’ Jackson picks USC

Gardena Serra standout Adoree’ Jackson picked USC this morning, giving the Trojans a big push in a rivalry that had been tilting quickly to UCLA.

Last year, the Bruins finished with a consensus top-10 recruiting class for the first time since 2010, also their first haul ranked higher than USC’s by both and since 2002. This year, UCLA whiffed on nearly every major recruit it hoped for heading into National Signing Day — including Jackson, who at No. 6 overall was the highest-ranked uncommitted player left in the country.

Missing out on the five-star cornerback/athlete ended a disappointing day for the Bruins, who reeled in a solid class but one that will finish outside the top 15 nationally.

The team also missed out on five-star linebacker Rashaan Evans (Alabama), five-star receiver Malachi Dupre, and four-star defensive end Davon Godchaux (LSU). They did manage to wrangle four-star linebacker Kenny Young out of Louisiana, but will finish this cycle without any five-star recruits.