Sunday, July 14, 2013
Tough decisions await ESPN 300 Jackson
By Erik McKinney
While Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) makes it look easy every time he steps on the field, the recruiting process off of it has become anything but.
With 12 schools -- Florida, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA and USC -- remaining in the hunt for the nation's N0. 5 overall player, the next step for Jackson will be choosing which five will receive official visits.
The 5-foot-10, 182-pound dynamic athlete threw out UCLA and USC as possible recipients of visits due to their proximity and the fact that he spends time with both coaching staffs, but that still leaves him with 10 schools and five trips.
"To be honest, I wish I could take trips to all of them," he said. "I know it's going to be really tough, because I want to visit all 10 of them. I don't know how I'm going to do it. It's going to be really tough."
Jackson said he would like to take a trip or two early in the season and then have some later on, although he will be careful about how to handle the final few weeks of his high school season, which is when some big college games are scheduled.
"I don't want to take trips too late into the playoffs, because I'm here for my teammates first," Jackson said. "I want to set an example for them, and that other stuff comes later."
Jackson knows he has all the way until signing day to make a decision, because he has been adamant about that timeframe for some time now. Asked whether he might eventually feel pressure to commit earlier so that he can help build momentum or shape a class, Jackson shrugged off the idea.
"I think coaches will want to push for me to commit early, but that's not my thing," he said. "I want to wait, have fun and enjoy everything, because the recruiting thing isn't ever going to happen again. It's fun, and I love it, so I'm going to wait all the way to signing day."
It's not a surprise that there hasn't been any movement with his top list or progress made on his official visits, as Jackson said he deliberately has been taking a break from the recruiting process. That's something that isn't likely to change soon, either.
"Everybody is still floating the same way. I will probably pick that up during the dead period. We're out for three weeks here in a minute, so I might," Jackson said before stopping himself and pausing.
"No, I doubt it," he said. "I'm just going to relax."