Adoree Jackson is currently the top rated recruit in the West and No. 6 overall nationally. He's rated as a corner but would likely be rated a top 10 player in the country as a receiver and is one of the most explosive players to come out of California in the last few years.
Jackson took official visits LSU, Florida State, Oklahoma and Tennessee but the Tigers were the only one in the group to make his final four. Florida, UCLA and USC also made the cut and the athlete will make his decision next Wednesday at 10:00 (PST) on ESPNU.
In breaking down Jackson and his recruitment, most of the speculation has centered around two schools, Florida and USC. Even though Jackson never took an official visit to Gainesville, he visited unofficially over the summer and raved about the trip.
Jackson has said track will play just as big a role in his decision as football and the Gators have done a great job getting their track program involved. Jackson's dream is to make the 2016 Olympics in the long jump and he said Florida's jump program gives him the best shot to make that happen.
From a football standpoint, the Gators have recruited Jackson extremely hard and made him a top priority. Florida DB Coach Travaris Robinson has been out to Serra multiple times and has done a great job connecting with Jackson.
USC is the local favorite and Jackson has been a frequent visitor to the Trojan campus over the last year. He has a strong relationship with USC WR coach Tee Martin, has several friends already on the team and has a strong comfort level with the program. Serra has been a pipeline to USC as well with Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and George Farmer all former Cavaliers who ended up at Troy.
Although Jackson has often said he has no problem leaving the SoCal area since he doesn't consider it ‘home,' he also said in Orlando at the UA AA Game just a few weeks ago that he does love living in Southern California and isn't sure he's ready to leave.
LSU fits everything Jackson said he's looking for in a program. He likes the football and track program and has a good relationship with both coaching staffs. The Tigers are recruiting him primarily for corner but have also said they'll give him an opportunity to play on both sides of the ball.
The Tigers have done home visits in the last week at both Jackson's home in SoCal (lives with his sister) and his parents' home in Illinois and while most of the talk has been about the Trojans and Gators, LSU is a definite dark horse and has as good a shot as anyone right now.
UCLA is the surprise team in the final four and has made a strong late push in the last couple of weeks. Jackson said the Bruins were actually his top school back in the spring but the two parties lost communication over the summer. The athlete also said he never heard from the Bruin track program and it appeared they were out.
Jackson didn't attend a single UCLA home game or even a fall practice and the Bruins didn't visit him during December when home visits first kicked off. The football staff visited Jackson at school earlier in the week and the head track coach came along as well. Of the four schools on his list, UCLA is the one school that would be a surprise choice but it is called recruiting and crazier things have happened.
Jackson's mother is currently in town and there is talk the two could take unofficial visits to both L.A. schools over the weekend. In talking to three different coaches at Serra and a few of his teammates earlier today, to a man, each person said they have no idea what Jackson is going to do.
One teammate guessed Florida because of the track factor and one of the assistant coaches felt he would stay in L.A. and pick the Trojans. Both quickly added, "But I honestly have no idea." Head coach Scott Altenberg said of all the players he has ever coached, Jackson is the first one where he has zero feel for where he's really leaning.
We're now less than a week away from finding out where Jackson will spend the next three to four years of his life but one thing is certain, whoever lands him is picking up one of the most dynamic playmakers the Golden State has produced in the last decade.
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