Monday, November 5, 2012
CB Adoree' Jackson on Ducks, Trojans
By Brandon P. Oliver
One of the top athletes on the West Coast in the Class of 2014 was among the many top recruits on hand for the Oregon-USC game on Saturday night.
Adoree' Jackson (left) and Dwight Williams of Gardena (Calif.) are intrigued with Oregon.
ESPN Watch List CB Adoree' Jackson, Gardena (Calif.) Serra will almost assuredly receive an offer from both of the schools that were on field. With eight offers to date from Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern, SMU, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Jackson is looking for more. That's not to say he's in a hurry.
"I'm not really too worried about it right now" Jackson said. "I am worried about getting better and helping my team reach our potential."
Jackson has a long list of suitors that extend far beyond his current offer list. LSU is a childhood favorite and USC is the local power with plenty of ties to the Trojans' program. After Saturday night, another school has caught the eye of the dynamic playmaker.
"Oregon impressed me all night. To actually see them in person and see how fast they really are was amazing," Jackson said. "They played physical on both sides of the ball. [Kenjon] Barner is a great running back, but you can't just key on him because someone else will beat you."
While his teammate -- and fellow 2014 ESPN Watch List member -- Dwight Williams, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, has yet to hear much from the Ducks, Jackson has been in touch with the Ducks' linebacker coach, Don Pellum.
"I've talked to them a little bit. He came by the school a while ago and we talked about our season and their season," Jackson said. "I have a lot of interest in Oregon and look forward to learning more about them. They keep proving themselves on the field, so how can you not pay attention?"
Jackson is originally from the East Coast and grew up following SEC football, especially the LSU Tigers.
"I always liked LSU when I was growing up," Jackson said. "The way they play defense in the SEC is the type of defense that any defensive player wants to play in. I 'd love to hear more from LSU and other schools in the SEC."
While the Trojans were unable to slow down the Ducks on Saturday night, Jackson saw the potential and believes in the USC coaching staff.
"They keep telling me that an offer is close and to stay patient," Jackson said. "I feel like I could come in and help the defensive backs and make plays. Defense is all about staying in your gaps when you play a team like Oregon because if you don't do it, bad things will happen. You just have to keep your head in the game and focus on every play. We talk about the possibility of me playing offense also, but I think defense is where I could help them out the best."
Jackson and Williams were both in attendance on Saturday and came away with a strong impression of both programs. While neither has an offer from either school at this point, expect the Serra duo to be two of the most heavily recruited players on the West Coast in the Class of 2014.