Thursday, December 20, 2012
Jackson, Williams wait for USC offers
By Blair Angulo
ESPN Watch List cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) showed Saturday night why he might be the top player in the state next year.
Adoree' Jackson might be California's top prep player next year, but he's still waiting on an offer from USC.
Jackson had three catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, and added a 78-yard scoring run on a fake punt in a 42-15 victory against Oakdale (Calif.) in the CIF State Division II Championship Bowl Game. He reached the end zone on three of his four touches.
And that’s just what Jackson did on offense.
All season, Serra’s young but talented defense benefited from having one of the most athletic corners blanket half the field. Opposing teams rarely tested Jackson.
The Class of 2014 recruit recently received a scholarship offer from Boise State, adding to a list that includes nine others. He figures to be a national commodity this offseason.
Yet USC, one of Jackson’s favorites, has not extended an offer.
“I was hoping to get the offer from them, but they’ve lost contact with me,” Jackson said, shrugging his shoulders. “I haven’t talked to them in a long time, so I just don’t know anymore. I don’t know. I can’t explain it. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, I’m not worried about it.”
While USC has offered ESPN Watch List corners Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), Jackson has been waiting patiently.
“Boise State is the latest, but I still need to get better,” he said. “I don’t think about myself as the best. I still have room to improve in everything that I do. I have to work on the fundamentals, on my technique, and become a better player. Things will come hopefully.”
Jackson, of course, is not the only elite recruit at Serra (14-2). ESPN Watch List linebacker Dwight Williams has also been hopeful for more attention from the Trojans as other Pac-12 coaches drop by to meet him at school.
“Washington, I think they’re next to offer, really,” Williams said. “Boise State, they just offered not too long ago. I’m still talking to a few schools that have been stopping by. I’m hopeful that more offers are coming. This offseason I plan to tear up the camps. ... It’s amazing to see all of your hard work pay off. Every camp, every drill I’ve done, it all helps. It all pays off.”
Jackson and Williams were frequent visitors at the Coliseum this season and have not been shy about voicing their interest in the local school.
“I would prefer an offer now,” Williams said. “But a USC offer is a USC offer, so I’ll be happy whenever it comes.”
With Jackson, Williams and Class of 2014 quarterback Jalen Greene returning, Serra is expected to repeat its performance next season.
“This is the best way you can go out -- on the biggest stage in the biggest game,” Williams said. “We did it for the seniors. This is great.”