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Next up was Adoree’ Jackson from Gardena, Calif. The five-star cornerback put his own spin on the pick-a-hat announcement ceremony by digging through a shopping bag for his choice. He pulled out a sports drink, a sneaker, some other stuff, before slapping on a USC hat. The theatrics fell a bit flat, but no doubt Trojans coaches and fans were entertained in the end.

“Growing up as a little kid, my favorite player was Reggie Bush,” Jackson said.

Jackson was also considering UCLA, LSU and Florida.

“Adoree’ was the big surprise,” Farrell said. “We had no idea what that kid was going to do.”

Finally, it was John Smith, better known as Juju, from Long Beach, Calif., picking USC over Oregon, Notre Dame and UCLA.

“Fight on, dude,” Smith said.

The strong finish had USC ranked 10th in the nation by Rivals and Scout.

MOMMA DRAMA: Malik McDowell wants to go to Michigan State. The five-star defensive end said so Wednesday morning during a news conference at Southfield (Mich.) High School.

His father, who has said publicly he would rather have his son leave Michigan and go to Ohio State or Florida State, is now on board with that decision.

McDowell’s mother, Joya Crowe, wasn’t at the announcement. She has said she had a bad experience at Michigan State and wants her son to go elsewhere. Michigan was also in the mix for McDowell. Crowe’s signature is not required on the letter of intent.

“Dad’s willing to sign but they want mom on board,” Farrell said.

Michigan State’s official list of signees released Wednesday afternoon did not have McDowell’s name on it.

Another bit of family drama was reportedly playing out in Oklahoma. Defensive end Deondre Clark of Oklahoma City was expected to sign with LSU, but now there’s some uncertainty. Clark’s family seems to be urging him to stay close to home and play for the Sooners, Farrell said.

ODDS AND ENDS: New Penn State coach James Franklin ended up signing a top-25 class that included five players who had been committed to Vanderbilt when Franklin was there. … Franklin’s departure crushed Vanderbilt’s class, though new Commodore’s coach Derek Mason did manage to lure one stud recruit, defensive end Nifae Lealao from Sacramento, Calif., away from his old school, Stanford. … Charlie Strong’s first recruiting class was not quite up to the usual Texas top-10 standards. More like top-20. Strong’s ties to SEC country, which the Longhorns hope will extend their reach in the near future, did help land defensive tackle Poona Ford from Hilton Head, S.C. Meanwhile, Texas A&M’s class drew consensus top-10 grades.