If junior cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) went into last Friday's game looking to make a statement, he should feel pretty safe that he was heard loud and clear.
Jackson has made no secret in his desire to impress and eventually earn a scholarship offer from the LSU Tigers. Friday, he had a chance to play against LSU verbal commitment Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral), and Jackson figured the film would eventually find its way to Les Miles and staff.
Jackson made an impact in all three phases during the game. He set the tone with a tackle on the opening kickoff, intercepted a pass on defense, caught a handful of passes on offense and had two long returns on special teams. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior said that, despite his eight scholarship offers, he'd put recruiting in the background lately to focus on his team. After the game, he said he hoped his performance could reignite the spark, especially when it comes to some of his favorite schools, including LSU and USC.
"Hopefully after this game and if I keep progressing each week -- hopefully I get that offer soon," Jackson said. "But if not, it's no worry for me. I'm going to keep balling like I've been doing and helping out my team."
Jackson's big performance helped right the ship for Serra, which had dropped its previous two games.
"We started off a little bit rough, but we knew we had to let that go," Jackson said. "We were 4-0 and thinking everybody had to bow down to us. But we worked on preparing every week and I hope this keeps us going on throughout the Mission League."
Jackson, who has attended both of USC's home games this season, was a big part in shutting down the high-powered Cathedral offense, but he also took pleasure in making plays in the other aspects of the game.
"I really like special teams," Jackson said. "I like making tackles covering kicks and punts. But I also like having the ball in my hands and making plays on offense. If I can't score, I just want to get my offense in a position where we have an easy touchdown situation."
Jackson said his focus going forward is getting his team back into the playoffs, as he hasn't spoken much with college coaches since the season started. But with performances like his most recent one, he might find it difficult to keep recruiting on the back burner. Jackson already holds offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern, SMU, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.