Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson (3) chases after St. Frances Academy running back Blake Corum (24) on Friday, Sept. 14, 2019 (Photo: Logan Newman/USA TODAY High School Sports)

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5-star CB Domani Jackson decommits from USC

Five-star cornerback Domani Jackson, one of the top players in the Class of 2022, decommitted from Southern California and reopened his recruitment.

The 6-foot-1 Jackson is the No. 6 overall recruit in the nation, per the 247Sports composite.

Jackson, who plays at powerhouse Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., committed to USC and former coach Clay Helton in January.

The early national signing period is Dec. 15-17.

“I can’t thank the Trojan community enough for all of the love and support they have shown me,” Jackson posted Sunday to Twitter. “With that being said, after a lot of thinking and talking with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to decommit for USC. Doing so will allow me to sit down and figure out what is best for me and my future.”

Jackson made an official visit to Michigan on Sept. 11 and to Alabama on Nov. 6.

The loss of Jackson leaves USC’s 2022 class with just eight commits. The Trojans’ class ranks No. 9 in the Pac-12 and No. 67 in the nation, per 247Sports.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; General overall view of the 2017 Cotton Bowl logo on the back of the helmet of Southern California Trojans long snapper Jake Olson at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Top recruit Domani Jackson commits to Southern Cal

Five-star cornerback Domani Jackson, the nation’s third-ranked prospect in the 2022 class, is staying close to home to play college football.

Jackson, a standout from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., said he will attend Southern California, marking the second straight year the Trojans have received a commitment from the state’s top prospect.

Jackson chose the Trojans over Ohio State, Clemson, Michigan and Arizona State, among others.

Earlier Saturday, however, Mission Hills, Calif., linebacker Niuafe Tuihalamaka decommitted from the Trojans. Tuihalamaka is the third-ranked ILB in the class of 2022, per 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Jackson’s commitment is a major boost for coach Clay Helton, who signed the nation’s 54th-ranked recruiting class this cycle, which included just one ESPN 300 commitment — receiver Gary Bryant.

Southern California initially had the commitment of Bryce Young, the nation’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class, but he decided to enroll at Alabama, where he just completed his freshman season.

However, USC signed nine ESPN 300 recruits in the 2021 class, including Korey Foreman, a five-star defensive end. The Trojans are also in the mix for highly-regarded linebacker Raesjon Davis, who is uncommitted.

Jackson’s commitment gives the Trojans two top players in the 2022 class, along with cornerback Fabian Ross. Jackson is rated No. 3 overall by 247Sports’ composite rankings.

–Field Level Media