Jackson gets the one he wanted

Riverdale CB Donte Jackson landed an offer from LSU after his spring last week.

Riverdale CB Donte Jackson said on May 10 that he felt close to receiving an offer from LSU.

A week later, he got one.

The three-star prospect from New Orleans picked up that offer after his spring game last Friday, which LSU assistants Corey Raymond and Frank Wilson saw in-person. Even though Jackson hurt his ankle midway through the scrimmage, the Tiger coaches saw enough to officially extend the offer.

And that was one Jackson was eagerly awaiting.

"Being in-state or out-of-state, it's LSU," Jackson said. "It's one of the biggest programs in the country. Plus for me being a DB, it means a lot to have an offer from DBU. It puts me up there with some of the best DBs in the country. When you get an offer from the best DB school in the country, it's a big deal."

There's no denying that the legacy of Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne still lives on in the minds of these recruits. Class of 2015 prospects grew up watching those highlights, and that's something that'll weigh on Jackson's decision.

"You could say that I've dreamed of playing for LSU my whole life," he said. "Growing up around here, you think football, you think LSU and the Saints."


LSU wasn't the only school to stop by Riverdale this spring. Louisiana Tech was also at Jackson's spring game, and coaches from Oregon, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oklahoma among others made appearances throughout the evaluation period.

Jackson met so many coaches these last few weeks he couldn't remember them all.

"It means a lot for these big schools to come after me," Jackson said. "I'm doing what I love to do. I love playing football, and I love being recruited. All my hard work is paying off, and I'm receiving interest from some of the biggest schools in the country."

With spring practice and a state championship in track behind him, Jackson will now turn his attention to the camp and 7-on-7 circuit this summer. He plays on the Bootleggers with fellow LSU targets Tyron Johnson and Xavier Lewis.

He said he and the Warren Easton four-star have discussed joining forces on the next level.

"It would be a force to be reckoned with," Jackson said. "Me and Tyron have actually talked about playing college ball together. We're always going over all our offers and talking about where we'd both fit. It could happen."

But it'll probably be a while until anyone knows whether that'll happen for real. Jackson's busy spring prevented him from taking any visits, so he'll be looking to make the rounds this summer.

On his list of possible destinations are Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia, Oregon and Notre Dame, though he hasn't set any of those up yet. He does plan to be in Baton Rouge on May 31 for the Bayou Picnic, which will be a big opportunity for the Tigers to sell Jackson on staying close to home.

But Jackson has a long way to go before he's ready to shut things down.

"I don't think I'm anywhere close right now to narrowing down a decision. I don't think I'm even close to narrowing down a top five," Jackson said. "There's more to come, and when I give my top five, that's the top five I'm going to stick with. It's going to take a while for me to go from 20-plus offers and bring that down. I'm going to take my time. This summer's going to be a big one."


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