The fit and familiarity were far too much for Adrian Jackson to turn down.
The four-star outside linebacker from Denver (Colo.) Mullen committed to Oregon on Saturday night while on a visit to Eugene, just hours after seeing the Ducks in their spring game at Autzen Stadium.
Jackson, the No. 7-rated outside 'backer in the 2018 class and No. 115 overall prospect in the Scout 300, told Scout.com his comfort level with Oregon's new defensive coordinator, Jim Leavitt, was a major factor in his decision.
"That whole culture and everybody there has built a family environment," Jackson said. "All the coaches were great and showed me they wanted me bad, and I felt that it was the right vibe for me. Coach Jim Leavitt was at Colorado and he's a hyped person. For three years now, he's been recruiting me hard. Once he changed to Oregon, it popped out that he still wanted me. I've been his No. 1 guy since my freshman year, so that meant a lot.
"They are looking at me to play jack linebacker and I feel like I could play anywhere, so at this point none of that really matters. I'm excited to shine out no matter where they put me."
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jackson had Ohio State and USC high on his list following earlier visits to those campuses, but after experiencing the atmosphere inside Autzen and taking a close look at Oregon's state-of-the-art facilities, he knew he wanted to be a Duck.
"Coach (Willie) Taggart is building something big. It was the biggest crowd in the Pac-12 this spring and I can't wait to see what he does in his first year this coming season," Jackson said. "The coaches were really excited when I committed. They are awesome and just happy to see me there. Nothing really compared to the facilities there. They are clearly on top.
"I'm 110 percent in on Oregon. I'm more than positive that it's the school for me. I plan on shutting things down."
Jackson was credited with 35 total tackles and eight pass deflections in 12 games lining up at safety as a junior last season. He has committed to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.