Dead period is about to end, meaning that for many uncommitted prospects still on the fence, the final three weeks of the recruiting cycle will serve as a time to get in final visits with their potential collegiate homes.
For Elk Grove, (Calif.) Franklin safety Lamar Jackson that isn’t necessarily the case. The West region’s top safety said that his primary focus is currently on another sport and that he has one program he plans on visiting.
“Oregon is probably the only primary just because I’m playing basketball right now,” he said. “That’s the main reason why I haven’t been able to do what I want to do exactly.”
Jackson has already made plans to visit Oregon twice but both times they fell through. There’s no guarantee he’ll make it to Eugene before National Signing Day.
“I’m not sure if that’s going to happen,” he said. “If I get up there, I get up there. But if not it’s just kinda going off what I know already or what I’ve seen already.”
Jackson said that despite the lack of an official visit up to this point, the Ducks are still in the running because he knows Oregon is a big program and secondary coach John Neal and linebackers coach Don Pellum are continually staying in the picture.
“They’re still recruiting me hard,” he said.
But Oregon still isn’t pushing as hard as some other programs. According to Jackson, Nebraska and Arizona State are pushing harder than any other programs in his top five. Despite feeling some added pressure down the stretch, Jackson said he’s handling it well.
“I’m feeling good,” he said. “Kinda still just trying to like finalize things. I’ve got a solid top five and just trying to figure it out, talk to people and break down pros and cons.”