UCLA Offers Louisiana DB

He's one of the hottest defensive back prospects in the nation right now, and he recently named a list of his top five, but also recently received anothe offer...

Donte Jackson received a UCLA offer from UCLA receiver coach Eric Yarber after this story. Scout.com's Greg Biggins reported that UCLA is recruiting Jackson as a wide receiver, that he has legitimate interest to leave the south and he'll likely visit UCLA this summer.

Who leads for one of the hottest prospects in the country right now? The answer is Georgia and that may be a surprise some since Donte Jackson is from Louisiana, has an LSU offer) and because he grew up "loving" Oregon, who have also offered.

Why do the Dawgs lead? It is simple -- a relationship.

"Me and Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt (Defensive coordinator) have a good relationship and I know I can grow under him," said Donte Jackson when asked why UGA leads. "I had a good time when I visited there in the spring too. I also like how they play, but it is Coach Pruitt that has them up there for me right now."

After Georgia, in order, it is LSU, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Florida State.

Jackson was in Baton Rouge, La. for the recruiting picnic and he had a good time there. The biggest thing that stands out to Jackson about the Tigers is their history at his position.

"LSU is up there and they are DB U (Defensive back university) in my eyes. They produce so many top corners and I am a corner, so that means a lot to me.

"I consider their defense one of the best in the country. I have been up there a lot and I will be back. LSU is right there too with Georgia."

The school Jackson grew up following closest plays in the PAC-12 and the school that doesn't like to wear the same uniform twice in a season.

It is a little farther away that Baton Rouge or Athens, but the way he plays is similar to the way they play in his eyes.

"I like Oregon's style, their speed, and the tempo they play at. It is not only how they play fast -- It is fast and aggressive and that is how I play too. I talk to Coach [John] Neal (Defensive backs) a lot too and we have a good relationship."

The offers have been coming fast and furious for the four-star corner out of Riverdale, La. He has shown his speed (10.36 seconds in the 100m and 4.25 seconds in the 40 yard dash), coaches have confirmed his size (5-foot-11, 175 pounds), and the offers have rolled in.

"It was huge spring for me. I had six or seven offers before the evaluation period, now I have 23 or 24. I am so blessed."

Georgia leads today, but not by much, and Jackson has already visited LSU and he plans to visit Florida State, Georgia, Texas A&M, and a few others this summer too.

He is not sure when he will commit, but it does not look like it will be any time soon.

"I don't have a timeline right now for when I will make my decision. I am only thinking about my high school team right now, so I really don't know.

"If I had to say something though, I would say I will commit after the season once I am able to take my official visits. I am not going to rush anything."

Jackson may not rush his commitment, but he does rush through the 100m on the track and he is at times a blur on the football field. Speed is one of his biggest strengths.

Jackson is currently the No. 26 corner in the country on Scout.


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