Monday, July 1, 2013
Five-star CB Jackson to hit road
By Derek Tyson
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) is one of the most sought-after athletes in the country. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound athlete is attempting to visit five schools this summer, including two right after The Opening concludes on Wednesday.
"I'm up here until the fourth, so if I can, I'm going to try to get up to Oregon and Oregon State," Jackson said. "I also will try and visit Tennessee, Michigan and Florida sometime this summer."
Jackson grew up in Illinois and has Michigan listed among his top 10 schools. Jackson said he has developed a good relationship with the Michigan staff.
"Michigan has a good shot," Jackson said. "It's a great football program. They had a little bit of a down season this year, but other than that it's a great program. The coaches are good -- I talk to the coaches a lot and I have a great relationship with them. I'd say they have a great shot."
Jackson, who is also a track standout, said he has thought about going to Florida for a while.
"Ever since they won 2007 the NCAA championships in football and basketball, I said I wanted to go there," he said. "I just want to check out the atmosphere and everything like that and their track program is outstanding and I'm a track athlete."
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As for his visit to Tennessee, Jackson said he just had the urge to take a visit to Knoxville.
"For Tennessee, I don't even know why I want to go visit, honestly," Jackson said. "It's just something inside of me -- I just want to go visit their school."
Jackson moved to California two years ago, and he said his decision to move will help him with his college decision because distance is no longer a factor.
"It's just a great situation for me when I left Illinois, experiencing everything on my own -- being away from my family and friends basically," he said. "I came out to California and now I feel like I can go anywhere because I've already had those two years of being away from my family and friends."
Florida, FSU, Illinois, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Oklahoma State are among Jackson's top 10 schools, but he has not planned any official visits.
The No. 2-ranked cornerback in the country said he doesn't want to just be a defensive player, either.
"I want to play offense in college, actually," Jackson said. "In my heart I really want to play offense, so that's probably one of the biggest things. If I'm going to play defense at the next level, might as well get prepared in the SEC. I mean, Alabama is the 33rd team in the NFL, so in that case the SEC is the best conference to be around.
"I pretty much want to surround myself with the best, most knowledgeable, coaches down there in the South. Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Florida and Florida State are recruiting me for both ways. The rest of the schools are just recruiting me for defense."
Jackson, an Under Armour All-American, is planning to make his decision on signing day.