USC adds three highly touted high school in latest recruiting class

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A member of the U.S. Men’s National Team along with two more decorated high school players will continue their college careers at USC.

USC recently announced that high school seniors Jack Ebertin, Jakobi Lange and Wes Smith all signed letters of national intent to play for the Trojans starting in 2024.

Smith, a 6-foot-10 middle attacker from Carlsbad, California, helped lead to the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team to a gold medal at the Pan American Cup this summer and was named the tournament’s second-best blocker. The middle attacker also has been named to the AVCA Boys Boys High Risers List each of the last two seasons.


Lange, a 6-foot-4 outside attacker from Hinsdale, Illinois, earned first-team all-state honors with his high school team in 2022. In addition, Lange’s club team won the silver medal at the 2021 Boys Junior National Championship.

Ebertin, a 6-foot-5 outside attacker from Mountain View, California, was a first-team all-section and first-team all-conference high school selection earlier this year. The outside attacker earned All-Tournament Team honors as the Bay to Bay club team finished in third place at the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championship.

This will be the third member of the Ebertin family to play for USC. Ebertin’s sister won back-to-back national championships with the USC beach volleyball team and his father played football for the Trojans in the 1980s.

The Trojans finished last season at No. 7 in both the national media poll and national coaches poll and advanced to the MPSF Tournament semifinals.