National Signing Day 2014: USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal Top Pac-12 Classes

USC Closes Fast, Tops Pac-12 with Stanford

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Dec 21, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian attends the Las Vegas Bowl game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Sam Boyd Stadium. USC defeated Fresno State 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsStanford was the star of the morning in the Pac-12 on National Signing Day, but USC closed on the Cardinal in the afternoon giving Steve Sarkisian an excellent first recruiting class at Troy. 

We already touched on the Trojans' signing of Adoree' Jackson, one of the top defensive backs in the nation, but USC wasn't done there. This afternoon USC inked John "JuJu" Smith, one of the nations top athletes to a group that already included fellow five-star recruits Jackson, guards Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao and tight end Bryce Dixon.

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Not bad for Sarkisian's first class. More importantly, USC's class is on par, if not better than rival UCLA's. After the Trojans had dominated Los Angeles football for years, the Bruins had bested the Trojans on the recruiting trails the last two seasons. 

Overall, today was a good day for Pac-12 recruiting, though not everything went as planned. Longtime Stanford commit Uriah Leiataua, who attended the same high school as Cardinal alum and Super Bowl champion Richard Sherman, flipped to BYU today after wavering on his commitment in recent weeks. 

So who had the best class in the Pac-12? Flip a coin between the Cardinal and the Trojans, with UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon not too far behind. 
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