Downey (Calif.) athlete Jabari Ruffin (6-3, 230) will be staying close to home.
"I took an unofficial visit today to USC, and a little campus tour, and I
committed to the Trojans," said Ruffin. "All the coaches were excited."
Ruffin boasted offers from all over the country, from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA and
Washington, but the Trojans were tough to beat, being his childhood favorite.
“The USC Trojans, that was my team growing up,” said Ruffin. “It’s different now that I’m being recruited by them, but all of my favorite players were at USC and I’ve always been a die-hard Trojan fan.”
He said the coaches took the news well.
"I talked to Coach (Lane) Kiffin, Coach (Ed) Orgeron and Coach (Joe) Barry and
they were all fired up about it," said Ruffin.
Ruffin hadn't planned to commit, but the feeling was too good to pass up.
"I just felt it there, you just know when you feel it with a place, and it felt
right," said Ruffin.
Ruffin said he may still take some trips during the process.
"I'll take my visits for fun, but I'm a solid Trojan," said Ruffin.
Ruffin has played both receiver and linebacker, and said defense is where he sees his future.
“I get most of my attention on the defensive side of the ball,” said Ruffin. “I have more plays on offense on my film, but I’m getting more heavily recruited on defense. Whatever gets me on the field, I like football in general, whether I’m playing offense or defense, so I don’t really care.”
Ruffin is planning on going to USC’s Junior Day this weekend and will camp at the Nike Camp and the Badger/New Level 7on7.
Academically, he’s got a 2.4 and will take the SAT in March.
“My focus right now is on getting my grades up and prepping for the SAT,” said Ruffin.