Breaking Down Adoree Jackson

Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete Adoree Jackson has drawn comparisons to DeAnthony Thomas. Check out why in Greg Biggins' evaluation...

Adoree Jackson is currently rated the No. 1 prospect out West and No. 5 overall in the nation. That's very lofty but after watching him in person against Chaminade, he might actually be under-rated.

Simply stated, Jackson is one of the most dynamic players to come out of the Golden State in the last decade. You have to see him up close to truly appreciate not just how physical tools but how hard he plays and competes.

According to Cavs coach Scott Altenberg, Jackson is not just supremely talented but one of the most competitive players he has ever coached and it's evident when you watch how incredibly hard he plays on every down.

Jackson made plays at corner, running back, receiver and in the return game. He had three touchdowns called back in the game but routinely bounced off or ran around four and five defenders every time he touched the ball and you literally had to hold your breath every time he touched the rock.

Defensively, he's a true shut down corner with the quickness to break on the ball and the top end speed to run with anyone. He's physical in the run game and has great ball skills.

When evaluating Jackson and if you wanted to nitpick, the only thing he really lacks, if you're trying to project him to the NFL level, is ideal size and length. It seems many of the top corners picked high in the draft are in that 6-1+ range with long arms. Richard Sherman is all of 6-3 and big corners are now the rage.

Of course guys like Champ Bailey for years (pre-injury) and Darrelle Revis are able to dominate and both are probably in the 5-11 range. Jackson is 5-10 on a good day but is such a special athlete, there is no question he can play at the highest level.

During the Chaminade game, a discussion broke out about how he compares athletically and as a pure football player to current Oregon athlete DeAnthony Thomas. He probably doesn't have that same initial burst as Thomas or his wiggle at the same stage in high school, but he's just as dynamic in the open field and about 15 pounds heavier.

Whether he ends up at corner or receiver in college, Jackson has all the tools and the mental makeup to be a very special player the moment he steps foot on a college campus. Where that will be is still up for grabs and many on the Serra sideline commented there's a very good chance Jackson leaves the West Coast. Jackson doesn't give up much but did say his decision likely won't be until Signing Day.

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