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By Steve Breazeale
San Clemente High School senior quarterback Jack Sears has decommitted from Duke and has committed to USC.
Sears, who committed to Duke in August, will be enrolling early at USC. Sears notified Duke of his decommitment and committed to Trojans head coach Clay Helton on Nov. 13.
Sears said that following an official visit to Duke in October, he began to have second thoughts on his initial decision. A trip to watch USC square off against Oregon on Nov. 5 showed Sears what life could be like as a Trojan.
“I walked away from that day visit with a change of heart that I thought USC was the place for me … I decided that was where I was going to grow as a player and as a person the most,” Sears said. “I love the environment and I’m excited to get in there.’
Sears said that Helton and USC quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton were very involved with his recruitment over the past several months and that the coaching staff “really cared about me as a person”.
Sears will join his former teammate and current Trojans starting quarterback Sam Darnold on the USC depth chart.
Sears has kept an eye on Darnold’s sudden ascension to starter, and star, and feels comfortable he can fit in with the offensive system USC has in place.
“The coaching staff has done a great job with that program and Sam’s development and how he’s playing is great to see. I think I can go in there and it’d fit me perfectly too,” Sears said.