Adrian Jackson was eyeing an early decision at first but now intends to take the recruiting process a bit slower and hopes to have a list of top schools soon.
Jackson, a four-star outside linebacker from Denver (Colo.) Mullen, will be visiting USC on Monday and told Scout.com he is excited to check out the campus after landing an offer from the Trojans recently.
"It's a school that is very high on its football right now so I really like that," Jackson said. "I like the location -- how it's near a big city. That's a big part of where I want to go to college. They're also looking at me to play defensive back, unlike most colleges which have talked to me about linebacker. I talked to coach (Ronnie) Bradford and he was telling me they like their safeties big and long, so it all sounded good.
"My future position wouldn't really matter, but if it was up to me I would play defensive back."
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jackson said he would be paying close attention to how the current USC players interact with the coaches while he's on campus.
UCLA was also a major offer for Jackson last season, particularly since he was able to take in a game at the Rose Bowl.
"I've been in touch with coach (Scott) White, the linebackers coach, and we've been talking a lot lately with some good conversations," Jackson said. "Hopefully I can get out to campus at some point in the next few months."
"I'm trying to name a top six or seven, and then go from there," Jackson said. "I'm hoping to get that done in the next month or two. I hope to get out to Nebraska here soon. I talk to the linebackers coach (Trent Bray) and lately they've also been talking to me about mostly playing safety. I got on the phone with coach (Mike) Riley recently and that was a good conversation, too.
"With Ohio State, I camped there last year and I'm hoping to get back for the spring game or one of their practices. I'll be out in Chicago for the Nike camp in April so hopefully I can fit something in."