METAIRIE — A third SEC school has joined the lead group for four-star cornerback Donte Jackson.
LSU and Georgia have long been considered the two favorites for this dynamic athlete. But Jackson said after his game Friday night at Joseph Yenni Stadium that Ole Miss is right there with the Tigers and Bulldogs.
Those three schools will "definitely" receive official visits from Jackson, but he hasn't yet set up any dates. He hopes to take two of his five during the season with the other three coming after.
Jackson has taken unofficial visits to both Baton Rouge and Athens this season. He was in attendance for the Bulldogs' season opener on Aug. 30 against Clemson. He took in an LSU game a few weeks later on Sept. 20 when the Tigers played Mississippi State.
Georgia does have a slight lead on LSU at the moment, but he admits the gap is small. He also said there are several other schools "creeping up" on those two leaders.
Ole Miss is one of those programs. The Rebels offered him back in May, part of a big spring for Jackson, but he has not yet made a trip to Oxford. He does plan to use one of his official visits to check out Ole Miss.
Outside of those three, Jackson mentioned schools like USC, UCLA, Texas Tech, Oregon and Notre Dame as programs fighting for spots in his final five. He'll continue to narrow down his list through the remainder of the season and won't make a final decision until late in the cycle after he's had an opportunity to take all his visits.
Jackson is one of the state's most dangerous players with the ball in his hands. He had 156 yards rushing, including a 79-yard touchdown Friday night in a 27-14 loss to defending state champ East Jefferson. He also had three tackles, including two for loss, playing cornerback on defense.
Donte Jackson knows three official visits
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