Jackson the Playmaker

The Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2014 athlete, Adoree Jackson, played a big role in the state championships, and now with a ring coming his way, his attention will turn to recruiting, and UCLA has already offered him...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2014 cornerback Adoree Jackson just wants the ball in his hands, and usually when he does, something good happens.

In the CIF State D-II Championship last weekend, Jackson scored three touchdowns, one a short pass he took to the end zone, getting flipped as he jumped in, and the other, a 79-yard fake punt that he ran in from the shadows of his own end zone.

"Probably the punt return was my favorite play," said Jackson. "The coaches had faith in me. I had to look for it, but I made a play. I just took off and ran."

Jackson helped the Cavs win their second state title in the last four years, and third CIF-SS title in that same stretch. In fact, his efforts in the state title game were similar to the performance that former Cav Robert Woods put on in the 2009 state bowl game.

"I wanted to do it for our seniors, and have people remember us as one of the great dominant schools in California," said Jackson. "All the seniors pitched in and did a lot, so now we want to come back next year, go 14-0 and maybe get in that open division and win it again."

With his junior season complete, Jackson knows that recruiting will likely start to kick into gear soon.

In fact, with double-digit offers, it already has.

"I have ten offers now, from Boise State, Arizona State, Nebraska, Northwestern, SMU, Colorado, UCLA, Washington, Washington State and Utah," said Jackson. "No one is really standing out to me because I've been focused on my team."

Jackson attended games at both USC and UCLA this season, and enjoyed both schools.

"I went to a couple of USC games, and they were fun games. They didn't have the year they wanted to, but there is a lot of talent there, and Marqise (Lee) and Robert (Woods) both did real good," Jackson said about the two Serra alums.

He also attended the UCLA-USC game at the Rose Bowl and said that was a good experience.

"That was the first time I went to a UCLA game, and they came out pretty hyped and played really good," said Jackson. "They were one of the first schools to offer me and they're really an up and coming team and had a good year."

Jackson said that he thinks there are three schools that could be close to offering him.

"I think Oregon could be offering me soon, I've been talking with their coaches a lot, and probably USC, maybe or maybe not, but they're recruiting me, and Miami too," said Jackson.

Jackson knows what kind of recruiting attention will be coming his way, and he said he's ready for it.

"I'm prepared for it and the seniors last year said it would happen," said Jackson. "So I'm just going to be prepared and ready. I haven't given any thoughts to the time of when I want to commit, I just want to enjoy the process."

Jackson can play a number of positions, cornerback and receiver the most likely spots, but he's also a returner. He's not picky with what position he wants to play.

"I just want to be one of those guys who makes plays," said Jackson. "I want to be a playmaker. I want to be the guy that, when you put me on the field, you know I'll make a play. Wherever they put me at, I'll make something happen."

Jackson said he and teammates Dwight Williams and Jalen Greene plan to take in some junior days and unofficial visits in the spring and summer, and he plans to go to some camps too.

"I want to do the Nike Camps, because I hope that I get invited to The Opening," said Jackson.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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