In a major recruiting move Monday night, Jake Garcia, a five-star high school quarterback from Narbonne, announced his commitment to play at USC in the class of 2021.
Former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was leading the push on Alabama’s behalf to recruit Garcia. Yet, it was USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell that ultimately won out.
"It felt like home,” Garcia said in an interview with USCFootball.com. “It's a testament to the coaching [at USC] when you have two new quarterbacks to the system step in and take over without missing a beat, just play and take over the team as a leader. That was really impressive to me.”
Garcia’s announcement comes just a day after five-star quarterback Bryce Young decommitted from USC in favor of Alabama.
Garcia, a pro-style quarterback, was in hot pursuit from many other top-tier football programs across the country. Alabama was, once again, challenging USC for a top-recruit in the country. Other top-ranked schools were in the chase including Auburn and the University of Miami.
Garcia was ranked as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country and No. 14 overall in the 2021 recruiting class.
With that, Garcia will now take part in the air-raid offense that has led USC to an improved 3-1 start this season.
The commitment from Garcia will serve as one of Harrell’s first major recruitment accomplishments at USC.