Sunday, February 24, 2013
Jackson likes what he sees from USC
By Blair Angulo
LOS ANGELES -- A lack of communication leading up to USC junior day nearly prevented ESPN Watch List cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) from attending, but a quick phone call from coach Lane Kiffin on Thursday cleared the air.
Jackson accepted the invite and made the short drive to campus on Sunday to meet the new members of the coaching staff.
Former assistant coach Kennedy Polamalu spearheaded Jackson’s recruitment before his firing earlier this month. The coaching change left Jackson and other local recruits in a state of uncertainty.
“It went great,” Jackson said. “I talked to Kiffin, Tee Martin and Clancy Pendergast, but definitely Coach Martin the most. Meeting the coaching staff was great. Coach Kiffin said he basically wants to get me in the program. It’s a big deal for him to get me. He said I’m the top player in the West and he’s going to keep in touch with me.”
Jackson has offseason plans to “see everything and do everything” in regards to recruiting. He intends to take a handful of unofficial visits to out-of-state schools this summer.
“One of the schools I’m looking forward to seeing is Illinois when I go back home to where I’m originally from,” Jackson said. “I’ll probably see Michigan as well. Then hopefully I’ll be making it to Tulane, Florida and Miami, as well as LSU when I visit family in Mississippi.”
The two-way standout, who has offers from nearly 20 schools, is scheduled to compete in the Nike camp in Los Angeles next month. Jackson said USC is a good option, but he is in no rush to commit anywhere anytime soon.
“Sometimes I think about committing early, but I’m going to wait until signing day,” Jackson said. “I’m going to stay calm and really think things through.”