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 Rivals.com and Scout.com 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.

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  • Ben Factor

    First, I’m neither alumnus nor fan.

    Second, the tone of this blog entry does not jibe with reality. UCLA’s class is about equivalent to USC’s class, Stanford’s class, ASU’s class, and Oregon’s class. Based on average recruit rating on 247sports (a composite of other rating services), the difference between UCLA’s class and USC’s class is negligible.

    If you go back five years, the story was quite different.

    This blogger is focusing on national recruits in Southeast who did not choose UCLA. No school in the West will ever get very many of those recruits. If you were a recruit who felt comfortable in the South, why would you not choose the SEC, FSU, or Miami? Or Texas? They have 50%+ of the top 20 recruiting schools. It is an uphill battle to pull one or two recruits west.

    The salient fact is that USC now has to play quite a few rivals that match USC’s talent. That was simply not true when Pete Carroll left. And among the most formidable of those rivals is UCLA.

    This blogger should give it a rest. Things are going quite well for UCLA.

    • max

      You are spot on with this analysis, Ben!

    • BlueandGold4life

      Well said

    • The Capper

      Keep telling yourselves you had a good recruiting class. 247 may have you guys ranked well but the others show you were crotch kicked. Someone needs a hug.

      • SUCC de trop

        The “Unfinished Business” climax part deux.

    • tigerbalm2010

      LOL!!! Say what you have to say in order to keep deluding yourself that you had a decent year but it did NOT translate into recruiting.

      • maze949

        Can you read? He indicates in the FIRST sentence that he’s not even a Bruin fan.

      • anno nimus

        Top -20 class (#18) and filling all spots lost to graduation, is not too shabby. Happy with our class, just not happy we didn’t finish higher than the condoms.

    • gotroy22

      Nope, the gutties choked when they had a chance too expand their recruiting reach with us under sanctions. Enjoy this year, ruins, because after your quarterback and coaching staff abandon ship next January you will return to the bottom of the Pac 12 where you belong and we return to the top of college football with JuJu leading the way!

      • anno nimus

        the only results that matter are the results on the football field where you have been b**** slapped the last 2 years and you will continue to be b**** slapped for years to come…and you can take that to the myles bank JACK!!!

    • WEB_Dupree

      When you said you were neither a UCLA alum nor a UCLA fan, maybe you should have put that in capital letters. Some folks seem to be confused.

      Shows what you get for trying to be reasonable.

  • bolex

    I would not call today dissapointing by any means. We got some freakin studs. Su’a Filo was a “only” a 4 star and Johnathan Franklin was 3 stars. Remind me again how they worked out for us.

    • BlueandGold4life

      Right

    • The Capper

      You may not call it disappointing but everyone in the know agrees Mora got out recruited. Lucky for you gutties that you won this year or your recruiting class would’ve gone from sorry to pathetic.

      • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

        #18 class. Yeah, reallya sorry class. 35-14, pUSC. Dwell on that til you come to our house again this November for loss #3.

        • The Capper

          Lowering your standards a bit Decade. You had a top 10 class last year and you’re happy with an 18? Sounds about right.

      • gotroy22

        Amazing how Mora couldn’t beat SC with it’s 4th coach in 4 months out of the top local talent.

        • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

          Mora beats the Trojans the only place it counts.

          (Which explains all the bragging about neophytes picking their school.)

      • Bruin 34

        Go sell your douche bs to your mediocre coaching staff. Out recruited by kids that were silent only to make it look like they were interested in ucla to get more pub. Good luck with 7 win. Sark. Udub thanks you!

        • The Capper

          You’re probably right Bagger. There was no chance the top talent had any intent to play for you guys. None of them wanted to practice on an 80 yard field and drive an hour for a home game. Have the UC Regents approved Mora’s contract yet? Considering his recruiting results they may have to delay the decision a little longer.

          • Bruin 34

            Right.! There’s also no chance of your program going anywhere under 7 year sark. Let me know how your 7 wins feel year in and year out even with all that talent and your amazing staff! Lmao! Smh

      • SUCC de trop

        Sark did recruit the LA 3, but Mora wanted UCLA FB program national exposure, and he got it. When all is said and done, the LA 3 wouldn’t have had much UCLA playing time in 2014.

  • anno nimus

    So that’s it? it’s over?

    • Mike 70

      yeah it is over and you got squat!!

      • max

        We got enough to beat you trOJans for the third time in a row next year at the Rose Bowl.

        • BlueandGold4life

          Amen Maxie

        • The Capper

          Enjoy your two victories Maxie Pad. Next year you guys will be calling for Mora to be fired and your new coach will get back to that great tradition of players hopping the wall. Ouch, double crotch kick.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Yeah, Hundley is real scared of SC’s defense. LOL.

  • 92104bruinfan

    How many (approximately) scholarships did UCLA have to offer this year? Bruins are currently ranked in the top 20 in Rivals and Scout despite only having 18 in the door today as I type this. Most teams ranked above the Bruins are well north of 20 signees. Even more, the Bruins are top 10 if you go by the average rating of the signees. In short, the Bruins may have only nabbed 18 for now but the class is high in quality. Yeah, it would have been nice to hit a couple of 5 star home runs today and vault into the top 10, but Mora & staff appear to put an emphasis on quality and wise use of available scholarships. I’m fine with that. Btw, 6 of the Pac 12 teams are ranked in the top 30 recruiting classes so the Pac figures to continue to be brutally competitive. Can’t wait for 2014. Go Bruins!

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      the Bruins are top 10 if you go by the average rating of the signees.

      Important point!

  • Mike 70

    don’t forget JuJu!! We got them all bRuins.

    • max

      Mostly because of your lower academic standards, moron. We would never even consider a non-student like Mama!

      • Mike 70

        Now that is funny. Mora would crap his pants for him. I suppose you did not want Adoree either>

        • max

          Read the news, idiot! Many thought that your new player was so academically inept that he would have to take a Mormon mission to rehabilitate his application. As usual, U$C admitted him and undermined any argument it has for academic respectability!

          • The Capper

            Sounds like you have an issue with his religion. Do you have a problem with his race as well?

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Hey, don’t wuss out. You came on our site talking cr*p, and now you try to change the subject or pull a prejudice card. Answer the man’s question.

          • The Capper

            What was the question Slappy?

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            Absurd non sequiturs.

        • BlueandGold4life

          What are you taking about tonto?

    • BlueandGold4life

      Our team in general is still way better than you with your SOFT SCHEDULE AGAIN

  • commentar

    And now the IMPORTANT part begins. That being get on the field, practice, and PLAY THE GAME!

  • QTran

    The positive look on this is that we were on the short list for many of these top players that we would not have been before. We just need to close out better. Easiest pitch is to tell the recruits that Jim Mora won’t stay too long because he’s a hot commodity. It’s disappointing because we have very high expectation for UCLA now, much higher than in the past, which is not a bad thing.

  • commentar

    Also…don’t we need a kicker?

    • The Capper

      Haven’t you been kicked enough today?

      • Arturo

        Funny cause true.

        • maze949

          Look who’s here…the idiot who couldn’t even get into SUC. Bienvenidos, CSUN Matador!

  • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

    Can I get an ATE-CLAP

    • BlueandGold4life

      Can I get a bag full of cash or a house in San DIEGO?

      • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

        typical bRuin, begging for handouts.

        • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

          Typical pUSC fan, bringing a knife to a gunfight: Beat your rivals in this decade and we might take you seriously. 35-14. Suc on.

          • The Capper

            Not sure if you know what a decade is Slappy. After you do your homework and take the garbage out, look up the definition.

      • The Capper

        What, you’re not happy with the gifts your alumni network can provide: free car washes and lunches at Denny’s?

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      Can you buy a victory over a rival? HA! 35-14. 38-28, and I can’t even remember the last time you beat ND. Hundley and Jack request the presence of your mediocre football team this November!

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      Can I get an ATE-CLAP

      Only from Joseph Way B. Lowe Normal.

  • The Capper

    How embarrassing for you gutties. Even with limited scolarships you guys lost in the battle for SoCal recruits. With our scholarship totals going up next year this was Mora’s last chance to to steal some recruits. Mora is now realizing he isn’t that much of a recruiting genius. His only hope now is that the UC Regents reject his new contract so he’s got a way to exit with some dignity.

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      Right. We are so embarrassed to finish with a #18 class. I know you poor Trojees have had very little to celebrate, but beat at least one rival before you start going all “irrationally exuberant” on us. What matters is what happens on the field: Neuheisel used to haul in top classes but what did that get UCLA? Squat. Let’s look at facts: UCLA has more talent, is deeper, and has a returning Heisman-caliber QB. pUSC has Sarkiffian, who has a WORSE Pac-12 record than Karl Dorrell (check it out–it’s true!).

      • The Capper

        Looks like we agree.

        • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

          I’m glad you agree that UCLA has the superior program. At least there’s one honest Trojan in the bunch.

  • tigerbalm2010

    It sounds like crickets in here.
    No wonder top recruits never come to WorstWood.

    Hardly any passion in the program and a “home” stadium that’s an hour away.

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      Passion enough to own L.A. and beat the sorry little Trogies two years in a row. SC’s program has fallen so far that signing a top 20 class has fans like you celebrating as if you just won a national championship. Oh, how the program has fallen. Newsflash: UCLA finished with a top 20 class too. (LOL.)

      • The Capper

        Correction Slappy: we have a top 10 class, best in PAC. You hear that thud? That was the sound of everyone jumping off the Gutty bandwagon. Fire Mora!

        • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

          Let me guess: on Scout?! Please, we are laughing. #15 by ESPN, where the big boys go for sports recruiting. 35-14. That’s your reality. Hundley looks forward to win #3 in the RB this Nov. Have fun with Sarkiffian, though. LOL.

          • The Capper

            Slappy, Slappy, Slappy. You disappoint me. ESPN’s recruiting staff is a joke. Rivals and Scout are the real players. Now, didn’t your mom tell you to clean up your room?!

          • The Capper

            Slappy, your “big boys” at ESPN had Mora and crew listed as the #1 loser today. I guess they DO know what they are talking about.

    • LTEfan

      yet it’s not in a ghetto

  • Joseph B. Lowe

    To All bRuin Clowns: I am on my way to meet up with Sark. Will not be responding to any of you.

    #1 Pac 12 Recruiting Class!!!!!!

    Smell it.

    2 Nattys

    3 Heismans

    Orange Bowl

    Rose Bowls compared to your:

    Sun Bowl

    Hahahahahahahahah

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      Yeah, we are all broken up about our 18th ranked recruiting class. As always, our court jester, little Jojo, is living in the past. No wins against rivals since… (I’ve forgotten, it’s been so long).

      • Joseph B. Lowe

        The kids know you have no brand. They don’t want to go to ucla. It’s second rate. Mora got SMASHED.

        • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

          The average star rating per player in USC’s recruiting class is 3.68.

          The average rating for UCLA’s is 3.61.
          That’s hardly “smashed.”

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Yawn. SMASHED. SECOND RATE. You lost again. The kids want USC & Nike. Rationalize all you want, you got schooled today. Mora was a FAILURE.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            failure

            Mora hasn’t lost to USC, but you keep using that word.

            I do not think it means what you think it means.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            3 Five Starts in your backyard.

            Mora Got ZERO

            ALL picke USC

            You have no brand

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            Wins > brands.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            You are correct:

            Ucla: 1/2 Natty in ’54

            OUCH

    • gotroy22

      Come on Joseph, the ruins won a Rose Bowl 28 years ago!

    • SUCC de trop

      Thank you Joey Kornwhole.

  • EncinitasBruin

    Fellow Bruin fans. Inevitably, some of the more infantile SC fans will be here trying to gloat about their top 20 class (NOT top 10 accroding to ESPN, the premier ranking system). That’s fine–let them gloat. What they probably won’t mention:

    1. We landed a very good class, claiming ranks of #27 (ESPN), #19 (Scout), and #18 on Rivals).
    2. We have stronger personnel, with the most returning starters or any Pac-12 team.
    3. Hundley is back. Will rival Mariota for the Heisman.
    4. We will be the presumptive favorite to win the South and battle for the conference title.
    5. SC has a loooong way to go to reclaim prominence nationally, not to mention in the Pac-12 and in their own city, where they have lost twice to their rivals, and have not beaten UCLA in the Rose Bowl since 2010.
    5. Mora > Sark
    6. UCLA coaching staff > SC staff
    #bruinrevolution

    • Joseph B. Lowe

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • jameskatt

        Braying with glee like always. I’m glad you agree with EncinitasBruin.

        Go Bruins!

        • Joseph B. Lowe

          Laughable. No Brand. Have another Kool Aid.

  • LTEfan

    Top 20 class, on the heels of two stellar classes, puts UCLA in excellent shape. Sure, a top 10 class would have been great, but I think Jack is being a bit too negative about what happened. No one flipped, and we got a 4-star LB from the south who had not yet committed. We have enough for 2014 to accomplish every goal.

  • anno nimus

    The only results that matter are the results on the football field where you will be a b**** slapped again, and again and again.

    • Joseph B. Lowe

      Sure with all your SCHOLARSHIP PRODUCTIONS! Hahahahahahahaha

      • anno nimus

        Those too, blow master.

        • Joseph B. Lowe

          No Five Stars….you need…..

          SCHOLARSHIP PRODUCTIONS! Hahahahahahahaha

          • anno nimus

            35-14 bahahahahahahaha

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            SCHOLARSHIP PRODUCTIONS! Hahahahahahahaha

            No Brand

            Crybaby Coach

            Sun Bowl.

          • anno nimus

            You’re must be retarded, or you must still own a flip phone. .. let me explain, when using a smart phone, the phone has a feature called “autocorrect” where it chooses words for you as soon as you start typing, most of the time it chooses the correct word and sometimes it doesn’t, and when you don’t check, you get “productions” instead of “reductions”.

            I don’t use a desk keyboard like you. I hope this explanation helped you understand the mistakes seen on these boards sometimes.

            Nobody but you makes a big deal out of it because we are all familiar with the mistakes that “autocorrect” makes.

            If you had a touchscreen phone you would understand. Keep your flip phone, it’s more practical, especially if you’re a couch potato.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Sticks and stones…..

            Don’t have time for your games today. Meeting a company looking for Venture Capital (look it up, you’ll learn something). Back at ‘ya when I can. In the meantime, work on your SCHOLARSHIP PRODUCTIONS!

          • Erik Dudley

            I can’t imagine what the content of that meeting must be like, Joe Your complete lack of eloquence must make such an impression on these firms. Good thing your CAPLOCK residuals have you so flush in cash or nobody would talk to you.

  • john wolcott

    I think it is great that SC and ucla are doing well. The best games between the two are when they are pretty even in talent.

    I mean, which games do you remember?– 50-0? 45-20? 60-something to something

  • SUCC de trop

    I’m behind Mora 110%, but he doesn’t walk on water. Quite simply, Mora correctly laid the foundation for UCLA’s future National Recruiting FB Program. This year, Mora’s wildcat recruiting efforts came up short of a gusher. Next year is an entirely different story.

    • Joseph B. Lowe

      Short? Try WIFF.

  • TommyT

    Swing and a miss, yo!