Recruiting is Good for 2014 Prospect

Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2014 defensive back Adoree Jackson already holds eight offers and is hearing from many more...

Most players use off-season football and camps to get their name out and eventually, land a few offers.

For Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2014 defensive back Adoree Jackson, the only thing he's had time for in the off-season is track.

After nailing an astounding 25-foot, 1/2-inch jump, Jackson was named the State Champion in the long jump. He picked up two more medals at the competition, a fourth place medal in the 4x100m relay and a sixth place medal in the 4x400m relay, and also cleared 6'4" in the high jump.

His accolades have not gone unnoticed in the college football recruiting world, as the incoming junior already holds eight offers: Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, UCLA, SMU, and Northwestern.

He's now focusing on getting back together with his Serra football teammates in preparation for the upcoming season.

"Right now we are doing footwork drills, going to the weight room a lot, and doing core muscle drills. I'm watching tapes and videos and highlights, and getting a lot of studying in to see how I can improve my game. I hope to go to camps and get feedback from coaches and see what I need to work on," he said.

The 5'11", 185 lb. prospect knows he's in a unique situation, having so many options so early on in the process, but refuses to rest on his laurels.

"It definitely feels good. It's a blessing, but at the same time you can't let it get to your head. We have to come together as a team and we have to stay humble and be prepared. I'm just working on getting better. I know that since I'm young I still have things i can improve on. I can't just think my job is done; I still have to get better. It gives me a lot of motivation to push myself harder," he said.

Though he obviously has plenty of time to make any sort of college decision, Jackson does say a few programs are standing out.

"Schools that I don't have offers from that I favor are LSU, USC, and Alabama. I favor those three a lot. The ones that I have offers from that I like are Washington, UCLA, and Colorado," he said.

Though he has no set plans to visit, he wants to take a few unofficials over the next few months.

"I think I'm going to take some unofficial visits with [Serra linebacker] Dwight Williams. No plans set, but we've talked about it," he said.

There are a few aspects he's looking for in a university.

"I like to look at the environment and see if I could stay there for my four years of college. I also look at what type of people are there, like the coaching staff. It's important to me that I get a good education, so I can be successful in sports and in school," he said.

Jackson had planned to attend the USC and UCLA camps, but was coming off of a slight track injury and wasn't able to participate. He hopes, however, to get an invite to another college camp.

In the meantime, the elite prospect is focused on transitioning back to football and working with his Cavalier teammates.

"I can go after the ball, jump and go for the ball, and make good cuts. I have good instincts, footwork and speed. Over the summer, I'm working on everything, trying to get everything better. Man coverage, my footwork, everything," he said.

He's also hoping to grow a few more inches, as his dad and brothers are 6'2"-6'3". Jackson, who is working to play the season at 200 lbs., is excited about the future of the team.

"I think our team is going to look good. We looked really good at the Bellflower tournament, and the team seems relaxed and comfortable. There are so many great players on our team, like Jalen Greene, Jordan Lasley, and Dwight, all those guys. You never know who is going to start or who the key players will be. I like it like that; we have an all-around team," he said.


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