Jackson Checks Out the East

Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back Adoree Jackson returned home earlier this week after visiting some family back in Illinois and taking unofficial visits to Florida and Tennessee...

Adoree Jackson is the top rated player in the West as well as a top 10 national prospect. He's an elite corner but has established this past spring/summer that he's an equally talented receiver and is now hoping to play on both sides of the ball.

Jackson, who hails from Illinois, moved out to Southern California prior to his sophomore season. He headed back home this past week and did something he has never done before.

"I have never visited the Illinois campus before," Jackson said. "That's crazy to me that I've never done that before but I took a visit over the weekend and really liked it there. The campus was closed and there weren't many students there so I mostly just toured the football facilities and talked with the coaches.

"I talked with Coach Beckman as well the Coach Bellamy, the WR Coach and Coach Banks, the DB coach. We went over schemes and the kind of system they run. They said they want me to play both ways and want to get the ball in my hands as much as possible. I got a good feel for the place as well as the coaches there and overall, it was a very good visit, it felt like home to me."

There has been more than a few whispers that if there is one school that might be leading for Jackson, it's Florida. The athlete spent two days in Gainesville and came away very impressed with the Gator program.

"I was there Friday for their camp and then spent the whole day Saturday taking a visit," Jackson said. "The Friday Night Lights event was great. I didn't work out but just hung out with some of the players and coaches. It's a crazy atmosphere there, you see the Swamp on TV but to actually see it in person is just incredible and definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me.

"Saturday I came back and it was just me and the coaches. It felt like an official visit, I did everything you could possibly do. I saw the Stadium, talk to all the coaches and the track coach. I walked around the academic center, ate in the cafeteria, and spent a ton of time with the coaching staff.

"I talked a lot with Coach Muschamp as well as the DC, Coach Durkin and the WR Coach, Coach Phillips. It was a great weekend and I really like Florida a lot. They're recruiting me hard in football and track and having the chance to meet all the coaches and spend so much time there was a big deal for me."

Jackson raved about his visit to Tennessee as well.

"It was a lot like the Florida visit," Jackson said. "I sat down with the coaches, both offensive and defensive and talked about my role and how they see me fitting in. I took a tour of the campus, saw the football facilities, the stadium, which was incredible and met some really great people there.

"I would love to go back and take an official visit to all three of these schools so I can see what it's like on a game weekend. I only have five visits and I honestly have no idea what I'm going to do or who I'm going to visit right now.

"In my head, I have some games in mind but that's about it. I would love to visit Michigan when they host Notre Dame. I definitely want to visit LSU and that Texas A&M game might be good. I want to check out Oklahoma for sure. I honestly wish I had more than five visits but I do plan to take all of them and then I'll visit UCLA and USC during the year. I don't have a time frame for a decision but it could go all the way to Signing Day right now."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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