Tuesday, January 22, 2013
2014 CB Jackson finally lands USC offer
By Blair Angulo
ESPN Watch List cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) has accumulated a number of scholarship offers since the end of his junior season, with a pair of SEC schools even entering the fold. Yet, one local school always was missing from his ever-growing list.
That changed Tuesday when Jackson finally received an offer from USC.
"It was a great feeling," Jackson said. "It's exciting and humbling. I always knew that by relaxing, letting go and letting God, things would fall into place. I just knew that something good was going to happen. To find out that USC had offered was exciting, but now I know I have to work harder."
Texas A&M and Florida were the most recent schools to extend offers. Jackson also has Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Miami (Fla.) Nebraska, Northwestern, Southern Methodist, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State on his list.
Though Jackson's recruitment already has gone national, the two local schools -- USC and UCLA -- figure to do everything in their power to keep arguably the best Class of 2014 prospect in the greater Los Angeles area in town.
"I can just stay in Los Angeles if I feel it's the best place for me, so that's good," Jackson said. "I've been real comfortable here since I moved (from Illinois). It's great to have two good schools, two good programs, academically too. ... Mainly from when I was a little kid, growing up, I was a big USC fan watching Reggie Bush. I was mainly an offensive player, so I fell in love with Reggie Bush. Moving to California was another big thing, and the first time I ever went to campus was sophomore year. Just to be able to be here close, walk around campus, breathe in and see everything, taking in practice, that just made it different."
Jackson actually wore a pair of red USC gloves during his games this past season, fueling speculation despite not holding an offer from one of his favorites.
"My little nephew asked me for those gloves, so I don't even have them anymore," Jackson said with a laugh.
Jackson joked that he might have to track down the gloves.