2014 ATH Vincent Jackson weighs options 

November, 13, 2012
When recruits gathered to form a huddle around USC tight ends coach Justin Mesa following a drill at the Rising Stars Camp this past summer, the message was not necessarily an uplifting one for some optimistic Class of 2013 prospects.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.com2014 ATH Vincent Jackson has dozens of offers, including one from USC.
With redshirt sophomores Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble and freshmen Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and Junior Pomee on the Trojans’ depth chart, there wouldn’t be a pressing need for a tight end in the current class, recruits were told. The news was hardly surprising, but it caught the attention of Class of 2014 athlete Vincent Jackson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit).

“They got us in a group and basically told us they were sorry, but they weren’t really looking for a tight end this year,” Jackson recalled. “I’m not really sure how that affects my year, though.”