Under Armour Sevens Notebook

EL TORO, Calif. – Get recruiting news and updates on Adoree Jackson, Dwight Williams and other top prospects from the Under Armour Sevens Tournament.

Elite 2014 DB Favors Two

Gardena (CA) Serra 2014 defensive back Adoree Jackson is used to being the star of the show, but on Saturday he was relegated to the role of water boy.

Jackson, who is one of the top football and track athletes in California, was sidelined with an ankle injury that he suffered while winning the state title in the long jump.

"The injury was just a minor setback," Jackson said. "I can still get my mental reps, learn all the plays and help my team."

The 5-10, 170-pound cornerback has quickly become one of the most sought after players in the 2014 class, with offers from: UCLA, Utah, Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, Colorado, SMU and Northwestern.

Along with his eight offers, Jackson is also being heavily recruited by USC and LSU, and reports that they are his top two schools.

"I have been talking to LSU a lot. I hope that I get that offer," said Jackson. "For me being a DB, they produce a lot of defensive backs. I like how they play ball as a team. They all come together as a team and it shows on the field.

"I also have been talking to USC lately, too. It's between those two schools right there. As a little kid before I started playing football USC was the team that I always liked because I watched Reggie Bush a lot."

Pauu Talks BYU Commitment

Anaheim (CA) Servite 2014 quarterback Neil Pauu was a proud sibling when his older brother, Butch, signed his letter of intent to play football at BYU in February.

Fast-forward a few months and now Neil is on course to join his brother in Provo, after fulfilling a childhood goal, and verbally committing to BYU as well.


Neil Pauu rolls out at the Under Armour Sevens Tournament.
"Growing up as a kid you want to do something to help your parents and I think going to college for free was something that I really wanted to do," Pauu explained. "That was my goal in life, to get a scholarship and not have my parents deal with the student loans."

Neil committed to the Cougars after spending time on campus last month, and felt that BYU was the ideal place for him to develop as a football player and as a person.

"It's basically Servite all over again. It has the three main priorities: God first, then family, and they always have student before athlete," said Pauu. "They try to teach character so you lead yourself in a manner that you won't disgrace your last name."

And just like in high school, Pauu is excited about the opportunity to play alongside his older brother.

"It will be fun. It was fun last year getting to play with him," Pauu said. "We are both excited and can't wait."

Williams Attends USC, UCLA Camps

The "offseason" seems to be a busier time of year than the regular season for some high school football players, and 2014 Gardena (CA) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams happens to be one of those players.

Williams has been busy visiting college campuses, attending camps, and traveling with his 7-on-7 team, as well as working out with his high school teammates.

"I just want to go out and compete," Williams said of his hectic schedule.

The talented linebacker has offers from UCLA, Oregon State and Colorado, and says that USC and UCLA have been recruiting him the hardest.

Williams attended camps at both of the local schools and spoke highly of the Bruins and Trojans.

"The USC camp was amazing. The tempo was up and everyone was just flying around," Williams said. "It just made you want to work and work and work.

"USC is like home. Pretty much every west coast kid likes USC."

While at USC he spent time with linebacker coach Scott Hazleton.

"That's my guy now. I just met him that day, too," said Williams. "I love that guy."

And how was the trip across town?

"UCLA is up there, too. I like that school a lot, the education is up there, and it's in Westwood. I worked with Coach Ulbrich. He is pretty cool, too. I talked to him a lot."

Hot Reads

- Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton, who had a solid performance at El Toro on Saturday, committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Monday. Stanton's top target, wide receiver River Cracraft, recently committed to Washington State.

- Gardena Serra is once again loaded with young talent. A group of 2014 prospects to keep an eye on are: CB Adoree Jackson, LB Dwight Williams, WR Jordan Lasley, QB Jalen Greene and WR Greg Webb.

- 2013 La Verne (CA) Damien wide receiver Josh Savage had the best overall performance at the Under Armour Sevens Tournament, scoring three touchdowns in a big win over Servite. He only has offers South Dakota State and Eastern Washington, but he looked liked a Pac-12 level talent on Saturday.

Look for Savage to add more offers when college coaches watch Damien during the regular season.

- Cathedral wide receiver DaMari Scott was one of the most physical receivers at the tournament, teaming up with LSU commit Hayden Rettig for a handful of touchdown receptions. Scott remains a bit under the radar but has offers from San Diego State, Boston College and Fresno State.


Damien WR Josh Savage impressed at the Under Armour Sevens Tournament.

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