Tuesday, October 8, 2013
After Oklahoma, LSU next for Jackson
By Erik McKinney
ESPN 300 cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) is on the board when it comes to taking official visits, having spent this past weekend in Norman, Okla.
Jackson, the nation's No. 6 overall prospect, was part of a strong California contingent that took official visits, as he was joined by teammate Dwight Williams, running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), athlete Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East), defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood (Fresno, Calif./Central East), defensive tackle Ainuu Taua (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) and defensive end Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco). All are ESPN 300 prospects.
The trip, which was put together on the Tuesday before the visit, seemed to be a success.
"It was nice," Jackson said. "The treatment was good. They treated me like family -- like one of their players. We got to hang out with the players, and that's what I liked most. I've talked to my friends about some visits and they've gone out and partied, but I liked my visit more because we were sticking together as a family."
Jackson said it was a bonus to take the trip with so many familiar faces in his fellow recruits, while Oklahoma made sure to set Jackson up in front of two very important faces -- wide receivers coach Jay Norvell and head track coach Jim VanHootegem.
A two-way standout, Jackson has gone back and forth on where he wants to play at the next level. At this point, his focus is on wide receiver, though still not fully.
"I think I'm going to go receiver with everybody, but there's a little bit in me that wants to play defensive back," Jackson said. "Locking someone up and getting the pick is nice, but I like making the band play. If it works out that I have to play DB, that's fine, but I think I can go in there and play receiver. If I have to switch over to DB, I'll do it, but I don't think that's going to happen if I'm already playing receiver."
As a result of his desire to play receiver, meeting Norvell was big for Jackson.
"Ryan Broyles has the record for most receptions in a career and coach Jay Norvell was there with him," Jackson said. "I'll have to compare other receivers coaches to him, because if he has the receiver who has the receptions record and he's doing it in the NFL. I have to compare everything else to him."
Locking someone up and getting the pick is nice, but I like making the band play.
Adoree' Jackson, on his desire to play receiver in college
Jackson also spoke at length with VanHootegem, who took over the Oklahoma track program this past summer after making the move from Texas A&M.
"I think everybody is doing that -- having me talk to the track program," Jackson said. "Everybody is sticking to their word and the great thing about that is all the schools I'm talking to now have had guys do football and track."
Now, Jackson will again pack is bags and head out to LSU on an official visit this weekend as the Tigers host the Florida Gators -- another program that has Jackson's interest.
"For the LSU trip, I want to see how the defensive backs and wide receivers are," Jackson said. "They are starting to spread it out a little and pass the ball, so I'm definitely liking that. I'm definitely going to be looking at the offense to see how they fare and see how the coaches have that relationship with me. I don't really talk to the coaches there like that, so I want to see how the coaches are."
According to an assistant at Serra, Jackson is also likely to take official visits to Oregon later this month and Florida State early next month. Ohio State is pushing for his fifth official visit.
That trip to Oregon could prove to be huge in Jackson's recruitment. With his desire to play offense, this situation could unfold similarly to what Oregon star De'Anthony Thomas experienced, where he was simply blown away by what his role would be in the offense and jumped at the chance to be a part of it.
While the Ducks always appeared to be on the outside of several SEC programs looking to sign Jackson, a potential visit in a few weeks will give them an opportunity to make a big statement in his recruitment. And the two local programs -- UCLA and USC -- won't let the two-way standout leave California without a fight.