Jackson Ends It; Headed To PAC-10

Garrett Jackson didn't want his recruitment to go any longer, so on the second day that college coaches could be out, he announced his college decision.

Garrett Jackson found the right fit, so Thursday evening he made his collegiate decision.

Jackson, a standout at Portland (Ore.) Westview, committed to Kevin O'Neill and his staff at USC during his in-home visit with the Southern California staff.

"Me and my mom really like USC, but we just weren't sure at first," Jackson told Scout.com. "We wanted to ask a few questions and clear some things up."

"I really feel good about my decision and I felt good about coach O'Neill and coach [Bob] Cantu," he added. "I just felt like it was an opportunity for playing time early and me being able to compete. It's a great school and they're trying to do great things."

Jackson, a 6-foot-6 combo forward considered Washington, Oregon State, Washington State, St. Mary's, San Diego, UTEP, Rice and SMU, but ultimately it was coach O'Neill's experience that helped him with his decision.

"What really stood out to me was the experience that coach O'Neill has and his coaching in the NBA and things like that and his player development," Jackson said.

"He's a very smart guy and he knows what he's doing," he continued. "I feel really good about him. I feel like that school is great opportunity to play and I can get my degree."

Jackson is the Trojan's fourth commitment of the 2010 class. He joins four-star prospects Bryce Jones and Dwayne Polee, as well as Elizabethtown (Ky.) High standout Curtis Washington.


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